Where do you get your protein from?
I come across this question constantly. Despite how deeply ingrained and mislead this question may be, the truth is we can survive without meat, eggs, and dairy. Truth be told, we can actually thrive without it. Kinda cool, right? We won’t even suffer from any sort of protein deficiency.
Here’s a list of my top-7 plant-based foods high in protein:
- Quinoa. 11g Protein / Cup
A grain, quinoa is a high protein alternative to rice or pasta. It provides a good base for your veggie burger and fantastic breakfast cereal when served cold with an planet based milk. Additionally, it can be served on its own partnered with veggies.
- Lentils. 17.9 Protein / Cup
Easy to prepare, delicious, and packed with nutrients.
- Tempeh: 24g Protein / 4 Ounces
A fermented soybean-based food, tempeh is it’s non-fermented cousin tofu.
- Seitan: 24g Protein / 4 Ounces
Another great substitute for meat, like tofu or tempeh. But not for those with gluten sensitivities (made from wheat gluten).
- Beans (Black, Kidney, Mung, Pinto): 12-15g Protein / Cup
I love beans.
- Spirulina: 6g Protein / 10 grams
A blue-green algae, spirulina is a highly bioavailable complete protein containing all essential amino acids. This algae is made up of 60% protein. (warning: will turn your teeth green.) Because it is in a powdered form, it makes a great addition into your salads and dressings.
- Hemp Seeds: 16g Protein / 3 Tbsp
Consists of a perfect ration of omega-6 and omega-3 EFA’s, hemp seeds are another bioavailable complete protein rivaled only by spirulina. Great addition into smoothies, smoothie bowls, salads, dressings, and more.
No matter what lifestyle you have, with a well-rounded whole food plant based diet you can have more than enough protein to satisfy the body’s needs it needs. Still not convinced?
Kendrick Farris is an USA Men’s Weightlifter, placed in the highest division. Farris not only set a new USA record lifting 800 lbs but he also eats a Plant Based diet!
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