Whether you’re vegan or just aren’t a fan of meaty foods, trying to maintain a well-balanced, protein-packed diet can seem nearly impossible. Luckily, there are some easy ways to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of protein in every meal (no meat required).

Check out five easy ways you can sneak more protein into your diet below.

Put protein powder in your smoothies
Whether you opt for a fruity shake or a peanut butter and banana concoction, adding protein powder to your smoothies is the easiest way to get a full serving of protein in one sitting – without sacrificing taste, of course.

Substitute everyday ingredients with protein-packed ones
Sneak as much protein into your diet by opting for protein-packed ingredients like the Barilla® Chickpea Rotini. Unlike traditional pasta, this one is a good source of plant-based protein and made with just one simple ingredient: chickpea flour (one serving has a heaping 11 grams of protein!). Cook the rotini for seven to nine minutes, then serve with your sauce of choice.

Eat your protein first
One of the easiest ways to get your daily dose of protein is to make sure you eat it first. This way, you won’t get full from the other contents on your plate before you chow down on your protein-packed ingredients.

Put almond butter in your oatmeal
Get a jump-start on your day by eating a protein-heavy meal first thing in the morning. Putting almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice) on your oatmeal not only adds several grams of protein to your meal, but it also adds extra flavor and a creamy consistency.

Go for the Greek
If your go-to breakfast or lunch is a bowl of yogurt with fruit, switch it out for Greek yogurt instead. Greek yogurt usually contains about twice as much protein as traditional yogurt and is packed with probiotics for a healthy gut. Pro tip: Greek yogurt is also a great alternative for sour cream!

xx, The FabFitFun Team