8 clever ways to add more protein to your diet without eating meat

8 clever ways to add more protein to your diet without eating meat

With the intense heat and the long nights that come with summer so to do the beach bods and the crippling anxiety that you don't look good enough with little to no clothes on to take part in the season and its many events.

There is still time to improve your diet and look somewhat "Instagramable" if you get yourself in order quickly. One of the best ways to do so is upping the amount of protein you put in your diet - it helps regulate hunger, refuel your muscles and help burn fat. If you're tired of chicken, steak and eggs, take a look at these alternate protein sources.

1. Halloumi

This salty-sweet treat is more than just a cheese. Per serving, it contains around 16 grams of dairy. It's density and taste makes it great as a meat substitute for burgers. Add it to a falafel wrap and you're really talking but we'll get to that later.

2. Chick Peas 

Whether you have them in hummus or a falafel, chickpeas are a great legume to replace or supplement your protein requirements. 19 grams of protein can be found in a single serving.

3. Tuna 

The chicken of the sea is versatile and one of the most protein dense foods out there - if you can get past the salty taste. One can on tuna has 30 grams of the diet aiding miracle.

4. Nuts

Almonds are your best option if you'd like to snack on nuts high in protein but low in saturated fat. Each 1-ounce serving also has 6 grams of protein but most forms of nuts are pretty chocked full of protein too. Eat straight from the source or find a good nut butter.

5. Soybeans 

Soybeans are a good source of protein too. They're not as good as meat or eggs, but better than most other plant proteins. You can either eat edamame beans or try your hand at other soy-based products.

6. Greek Yogurt

Like halloumi, Greek yogurt is another dairy packed full of protein. It works great as a breakfast or a midday snack. 10 grams can be found in a single serving.

7. Vegan protein powder

If you'd rather drink your gains vegan protein powder can be added to your favortie smoothie or flavor of milk or water to get yourself lean or bulk up. There are a lot of brands out there so find one that works for you.

8. Percol iced coffee

The perfect on the go refresher, Percol combines high-quality beans and a great tasting organic and fairtrade coffee. Choose a flat white if you want something strong or a rich creamy boost of energy with the protein latte. In fact, the protein latte contains 18 grams of coffee, putting it up there with tuna and halloumi.

Add a few of these into your daily diet, maybe join a class once a week and you could see your bod improve a little bit to at least not wear a shirt in the pool. You could also just not care what people think and enjoy your summer, those tend to be the best.