Many people think that eating animals is essential to get an adequate amount of protein. This is a myth. Plants have protein too, and many of them contain more protein than some animal meats. Certain plants offer complete protein to fuel the body, and muscles in particular, because they contain all of the essential amino acids.
Not many people who eat a well-rounded, whole food-centric and plant-based diet have to worry about their protein intake. However, if you do count protein grams as part of your health and workout routine, consider that the following plant foods eaten as part of a balanced diet will provide you with all the protein you need.
There are many types of plant-based protein powders that you can mix into water, juice, or smoothies. Soy protein powder is one of the most popular options. It’s packed with protein, incredibly low in fat and cholesterol, and pretty tasty, if you buy the right version. When shopping for soy protein powder, opt for non-GMO varieties. Pea protein powder is another plant-based protein powder that you can use to bulk up or simply stay healthy. Choose hemp protein powder if you want to get a solid dose of fiber in your protein powder as well.
Legumes, or beans, are chock full of protein, and they’re also versatile. You can make a bean dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Consider that most beans have about 40 grams of protein per cup, so choose these protein-packed plants to include in breakfast burritos, chilis and soups, dips like hummus, tacos, and more.
Many vegetables contain healthy amounts of protein. Kale has more than 4 grams of protein per cup, and broccoli raab has 3.8 grams of protein per cup. While technically a fruit, sun-dried tomatoes contain 14.1 grams of protein per 100 gram serving. Artichokes, peas, and parsley are also protein rich.
Whole grains like wheat, oats, buckwheat, spelt, and brown rice are all filled with protein. These grains are also versatile and can be used to create healthy and protein-abundant cereals, snack bars, breads, and other foods.
In addition to these foods, you can get more than your daily requirement of protein by eating seeds like quinoa, chia, flax, and sunflower seeds. Protein is plentiful in fortified milks, and it’s often found in veggie meat products like Beyond Meat or Quorn. As you think about the food you eat, and how your choices help or harm your body, consider that a plant-based diet filled with plant protein is the healthiest diet for the human body. It’s a diet that will surely keep you energized, strong, and fit, as long as you’re approaching it with clean and whole foods as staples.
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