When you think of protein, a big piece of steak or an omelet with bacon might come to mind.

But protein doesn’t just come from animal-based foods. Many plants are high in protein, too.

So if you’re thinking of going vegetarian or vegan — or just scaling back on your meat intake a few days a week – you can still get the nutrients you need. In fact, a diet rich in whole-plant foods can get you on the right track to lowering your risk for many chronic illnesses and help you feel better overall.

Below is a guide to choosing vegetarian protein sources. 

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