Plant based protein
Adapting a more plant-based diet can be very beneficial to your health. It’s simple to get started, but like most people, you may be wondering if you’re going to get enough protein.
There’s a myth out there that people need tons and tons of animal protein to stay healthy, and that’s not exactly true. You can get all the protein you need from a Plant-based diet.
Here are some great Plant-based protein sources:
- Tempeh-tempeh is made from soybeans and formed into a little cake. It’s an excellent source of protein, and it’s fermented, which means it’s healthier for you than average soy products. Soy is thought to influence hormone changes in the body, especially estrogen.
- Lentils-Lentils are a protein favorite of many on vegetarian and vegan diets looking to pump up the protein fast. Lentils add 9 grams of protein to your meal per half cup, along with nearly 15 grams of fiber.
- Black beans –Black beans are one of the richest sources of antioxidants and one of the healthiest beans of all beans and legumes. Their dark color indicates their strong antioxidant content and they have less starch than some other beans.
- Quinoa-With 8 grams per cup, this gluten-free seed-like grain is a fantastic source of protein, magnesium, antioxidants, and fiber. You can cook it, bake it, and even stir into stir-fry dishes and more. It’s great in breakfast dishes, too!
- Asparagus-Asparagus is a great source of B vitamins and floated, and it has 4 grams of protein per cup.
- Pepitas-pumpkin seeds have 10 grams of protein per quarter-cup serving, in addition to calming magnesium and immune-boosting zinc.
- Chickpeas-10 grams per one cup serving, they are really versatile and can be used in hummus, or even roasted and in salads.
- Pistachios-6 grams of protein per ounce, and can be made into a complete protein by consuming on a day where you eat chickpeas.
- Chia Seeds-2 tablespoons = 4g protein, chia seeds are great to add to meals and foods to thicken naturally while also boosting the fiber, protein, and healthy fats (mainly omega-3’s).
- Green Peas-Pea protein is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine of the essential amino acids—including branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs)—that you need to consume to effectively build muscle. However, 3 of the aminos are pretty small quantities, so it should be paired with another protein like brown rice to make it officially complete.
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