Whether you’re a vegetarian, or not, protein is essential to your body’s ability to function. For many, meat and dairy products provide the majority of the protein they need to function. Those on plant-based diets often have a more difficult time meeting their daily protein requirements. Finding plant-based sources of protein is easier than you think, though. Here are 9 Plant-Based Proteins to help you stay healthy and strong on a plant-based diet.
9 Plant-Based Proteins:
Almonds are a nutrient and protein-rich source of the protein you need. Chop them, grind them, or eat them whole. Try these recipes:
Quinoa Almond Joy Bars
Spiced Coconut Tomato Soup with Brown Rice, Almonds and Paneer
Almond Blast Oatmeal
2. Wild Rice
Wild Rice has a higher protein content than most grains with 6.5 grams of protein per cup. Recipe suggestions:
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup with Goat Cheese
Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Super Food Stew
Slow Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf
3. Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens are not only high in beta-carotene, vitamins, and fibers, but they’re excellent sources of protein, too. These Healthy Collard Greens and Spinach and Quinoa Salad are both fantastic!
Sprouts contain the highest quantity of nutrients per calorie of any food. And, with over 35% protein, sprouts can be a fabulous addition to a plant-based diet. Learn more about sprouts here.
Spirulina is not only rich in protein, it’s a superfood! Learn more here.
Quinoa has been called the “superfood of the future” for a reason. It’s high in nutrients and contains 14% protein by mass. Make these 12 Quinoa Recipes for Weight Loss or our popular Quinoa Protein Bars. Learn how cook quinoa to perfection here.
One of the best ways for plant-based dieters to get their recommended dosage of protein is through beans. Not only are they versatile, there are many varieties to choose from, and they are rich in protein. Learn more about the health benefits of beans here. Here are a few of our recipe favorites:
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
White Beans for Weight Loss
Quinoa with Black Beans
Avocados are rich in protein, with 6.5 grams per fruit. They’re also high in health fats, and they taste great, too! Try our yummy Avocado Dip, Avocado Breakfast Pizzas and SkinnyLicious Protein Smoothie.
9. Chia Seeds
Chi-chi-chi-chia! Chia seeds are 23% complete protein, and they’re so easy to use to. Learn why chia seeds are a superfood here.