"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.
- Beans: borlotti beans, black beans, black eyed peas plus many more
- 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
- Spirulina & chlorella powder
- Nutritional yeast
- Quality protein powder: brown rice, pea, sprouted rice or hemp protein
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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