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vegetarian Protein plant-based The best sources of plant-based proteins for vegetarians?

"So where do you get your protein from?" is probably one of the most common questions those practicing a plant-based diet are regularly asked. Fear around whether a plant-based diet provides enough protein and where to actually source it from seems to be the number 1 reason people don’t make the switch to becoming vegetarian or do it very poorly. Here is a comprehensive list of plant-based protein sources to help you make the switch or maintain a healthy vegetarian lifestyle with adequate protein.

I have divided the protein types into 3 categories here, as not all foods are created equal. Foods have different macro-nutrient profiles and these categories will help you understand which foods favour certain nutrients for your body.

STARCHY PROTEINS

  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Beans: borlotti beans, black beans, black eyed peas plus many more
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Millet
  • Amaranth
  • Freekah
  • Buckwheat
  • Green peas
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli & cauliflower
  • Spinach & kale

HEALTHY FAT PROTEINS

  • Nuts: almonds, walnuts, pistachio, cashew, pecan, brazil
  • Seeds: flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Organic tempeh
  • Organic tofu
  • Edamame
  • Yoghurt

MOSTLY PROTEIN

  • Spirulina & chlorella powder
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Quality protein powder: brown rice, pea, sprouted rice or hemp protein
  • Eggs

Note: many vegetables, carbohydrates, and some fruits naturally contain trace amounts of protein as well (2-5g per serving depending on the food) offering us loads of nutrients, fibre and protein. Enjoy a varied diet of vegetarian whole foods and your protein intake will never be in jeopardy.



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