Plant-Based or Vegan Protein sources not only help your wallet, but will help lower risk of heart disease, maintain a healthy weight and reduce inflammation.
Did you know that eating a plant-based meal can be just as great as your favorite meat dinner? These 5 vegan protein sources can help you incorporate more plant-based protein into your meals!
These are just five of my favorite plant-based proteins and what makes them so great!
1. Nuts- Peanuts, Almonds, Macadamia, Cashew, and many many more!
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One of the most readily available vegan sources of proteins is nuts! Nuts are an excellent source of many nutrients, some of which include Vitamins E, B6, niacin, and folate.
Nuts are high in protein and fiber. (Did you know that only 7% of Americans consume the RDA of fiber?). Nuts and nut butter are easy to add to any meal and help you feel fuller longer.
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds contain 4.7g of protein per serving. They also contain 9.8g of fiber, which is really high!. (see my list of fiber rich foods here) The best thing about Chia Seeds is, a little goes a long way. My favorite vegan way to eat chia seeds is in smoothies, drinks, and yogurt.
Beans (or legumes) are a great way to make a meal complete. Beans help you stay fuller longer by providing enough carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. You get 15g of plant based protein per serving! Beans are also high in fiber.
Examples of beans are chickpeas, lentils, black beans, and kidney beans. Chickpeas are most commonly roasted or in hummus. Black and Kidney beans are great to eat with rice, on a side, or in a salad!
4. Hemp Seeds
Hemp Seeds are great for getting a vegan source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are more commonly found in fish and seafood. This plant based seed helps maintain a healthy weight and heart.
Hemp seeds are easy to put into recipes, however, be careful because they can add a lot of fat to a recipe.
Finally, the last is vegan source of protein is Quinoa. It is one of the very few plant-based proteins that are complete but what does that mean?
A complete protein is a protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids, that our body cannot produce on its own. Per serving it contains 8grams of protein.
Plant-based, vegan proteins are great for our bodies to consume. I enjoy these different proteins as they provide variety to our diets. It can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower the risk of heart disease.