Meatless May is a great way to lower your carbon footprint and set your eating habits up for a healthier summer. According to the Australian “No Meat May” initiative, for each person who chooses to go meat free for the entire month of May at least 31 animals will be saved and approximately 238 pounds of CO2 will be prevented from being released into the atmosphere. The numbers alone are more than enough to get us eating more green but it’s important to do it right.

But first, protein

The first thing meat eaters worry about when giving up their staple beef, chicken, pork, and fish is protein. But finding your fair share in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains isn’t only easy, it’s delicious! Additionally, one serving of Orgain’s plant based protein powders has 21g of protein (that’s 42% of the daily recommendation). One quick and easy shake, smoothie, proats, or smoothie bowl has you almost halfway there, so don’t worry about getting enough protein on a vegetarian diet.

Here are three plant based protein recipes to get you started:

Check out your local bulk bins

Buying in bulk doesn’t mean you have to compromise the quality of the food you’re eating. Many items like quinoa, oatmeal, and nuts offer the protein, omega-3s and iron needed in a vegetarian diet and can often be found for less per pound in the bulk section of your grocery store.  

Stick to clean ingredients

Simple ingredients can go a long way. Black beans, garbanzo beans, rice, nuts and greens can all be purchased in large quantities, inexpensively, and nowadays all organic! Local supermarkets are carrying more organic options than ever. Tossing together simple ingredients such as dried cranberries, walnuts, sauteed kale, homemade vinaigrette and quinoa not only makes for a clean-eating meatless lunch, it’s often less expensive!

Quick and delish meatless recipes

If you’re looking for a plant-based breakfast that will get you out the door fast then you should give our Creamy Green Ginger Superfoods Smoothie recipe a try. It’s loaded with fiber, probiotics, and healthy fats thanks to our favorite ingredient–frozen avocado! It’s the perfect blend of vitamins and nutrients to start your day off right and wake up that sleepy brain. Struggling to get creative at dinner time? Our Rainbow Rolls with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce recipe is a great vegetarian alternative to your usual take-out. Ready for a post-workout treat? Give our High Fiber Protein Fat Balls a try. Between the black beans, shredded coconut, flax meal, and Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder these little balls of deliciousness are loaded with plenty of protein, fiber, and healthy fats to get you through your mid-day slump. Looking for more tips on how to go meatless this May? Check out Plant Based on a Budget and happy clean eating!