A new report from the Swedish Board of Agriculture has shown that meat consumption is at a record low in the country.

The statistics have shown that people living in Sweden consumed 4.8 fewer pounds of meat per capita in 2017 than they did in 2016, which is the steepest yearly drop in the country since 1990.

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“There are many reasons for the reduced consumption of meat, but the [vegan] trend, climate debate, health aspects and ethical reasons are some,” said agricultural investigator Asa Lannhard Oberg.

Sweden recently made headlines with the successful launch of McDonald’s McVegan burger in Sweden and Finland, which quickly became a permanent menu option after a short trial.

On the flipside, Americans may be eating more meat in 2018 than ever before. The USDA has predicted that the average American consumer will eat 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry in 2018, beating out 2004’s previous record.

“If you look at the items that consumers say they want more of in their diet, protein tops the list,” said food industry advisor David Portalatin.

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What’s up with that, America? It’s time to catch up with Sweden.

Get Your Protein From Veggies!

You can have a healthy and protein-rich diet with plant-based foods. Best of all, there are plenty of foods with tons of protein that you can make at home!

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Here are some protein-packed recipes from the Food Monster App.

Herbed Chickpea Meatballs

These Herbed Chickpea Meatballs from Karissa Besaw are packed with protein! These are perfect for any pasta recipe, or even on a sandwich!

Tempeh Bacon

Laura Hemmington’s Tempeh Bacon is a versatile and protein-rich meat alternative to put on salads, sandwiches, or as a delicious breakfast side.

Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Burgers

These Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Burgers by Becky Cotter have a different texture from black bean burgers. Use cayenne and garlic for a slightly spicy flavor!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Protein Pancakes

Kamila Gornia’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Protein Pancakes are a tasty and nutritious breakfast that’ll give you the energy to finish everything you need to get done!

Hungry for more protein-packed ideas like Easy Potato Lentil Meatballs? The Food Monster App has got you covered. With over 10,000 recipes, it’s available for both Androidand iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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