What foods can I substitute for meat and poultry, but still get the same nutritional benefits?
The best foods for replacing animal proteins are beans (legumes) and/or soy. Legumes and soy foods are low in fat, cholesterol-free, and are a good source of protein and fiber. Any type of bean or legume is wonderfully healthy: black beans, red beans, lentils, navy beans, etc. Whole soy products such as soymilk, edamame, tofu, and tempeh are excellent choices, too.
Gayl Canfield, RD is the Nutrition Educator at the Pritikin Longevity Center where guests learn how to size up every food label imaginable and leave Dr. Canfield's workshops feeling, "I can do this!" Pritikins residential program is based on daily exercise and natural, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and limited lean meat.