When thinking of protein, we usually tend to think of eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, and mainly animal-based sources. Many people don’t realize other whole food sources of protein like plant-based protein. It’s fun to switch up meals here and there, while still meeting macronutrient goals. Not only does adding plant-based protein sources of food add variety to your usual meals, it also has amazing benefits for the body. Even those following a plant-based diet rarely find themselves going out of their way to find other sources for protein, or taking protein supplements.
After reading this article I challenge you to switch out some of your usual protein sources, for some of these plant-based protein foods! Here is a list of some of the best sources of plant-based protein!
This includes lupin, lentil, green peas, soy beans, red beans, black beans, chickpeas. Depending on the type, half a cup contains anywhere from 15 to 26 grams of protein.
Just one cup of whole Mushrooms contains 3g of protein. In combination with other high-protein plant-based sources, mushrooms can add a nice protein punch!
Half a tablespoon contains 2 grams of protein, and also contains 22 amino acids. (Those taking an amino supplement, this is an easy, natural, and healthier way to do so)
Two tablespoons have 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber, complete protein with all essential amino acids. Great for nail, skin, and bone health. (Toss some in a salad, on fruit, or on yogurt)
One stalk of broccoli contains 4.3 grams of protein. It also contains a ton of antioxidants, amino acids, and heart-healthy fiber
Half a cup of quinoa contains about 14 grams of protein! Complete protein with all the essential amino acids.
1/4 of a cup contains 15 grams of protein, complete protein with all the essential amino acids! It also has detoxifying properties, and is great for skin, hair, and bone health.
Half of a cup contains 20 grams of protein!
Not only are each of these plant-based protein items a great source of protein, they also have an endless list of other nutritional benefits as well! Again, I challenge you to switch out some of your usual protein sources, for some of these nutrient-dense, high-protein, plant-based foods!
Article written by GUADS member Breanna, and edited by GUADS staff member Kate with contribution from nakedfoodmagazine.com.