Have you asked the question: "Okay, I'm going to do this, but if I'm not eating meat, where do I get my protein?"
Well, I'm glad you asked! Here is some awesome info on some plant-based proteins!
1cup Cooked Quinoa = 8g Protein
Quinoa is an awesome, and delicious plant based protein that has a little secret: its not a grain, its a seed that acts like a grain! This complete protein is so versatile. You can replace rice, pasta, or even your morning granola with this hearty helper!
1cup Cooked Lentils = 9g Protein
Part of the Legume family, these little guys pack a big punch! They are jam-packed with folate, magnesium, high in fiber and full of iron. Which makes them a part of a heart healthy diet!
1cup Cooked Chickpeas = 15g Protein
Chickpeas are my personal favorite go-to protein pods! They are hearty and delicious. They are also a part of a heart healthy diet and full of folate which can help the body fight cancer cells. Not to mention, this is where we get our aquafaba and where would be we without that, amirite?!
4. Pumpkin Seeds
1cup Pumpkin Seeds = 12g Protein
Tis' the season for these little babies! They are best when roasted and easy to eat! They are a great source of zinc and the very best way to benefit from a specific nutrient is to get it in as many forms as possible, and according to The World’s Healthiest Foods, recent research shows that pumpkin seeds contain “alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol. These last two forms have only recently been discovered in pumpkin seeds, and their health benefits—including antioxidant benefits—are a topic of current interest in vitamin E research, since their bioavailability might be greater than some of the other vitamin E forms.”
So eat up and enjoy!
5. Black Beans
1cup Black Beans = 13g Protein
These are a GREAT source of protein, and not to mention very delish! The contain a huge amount of fiber (15 g of your daily intake) and are an excellent source of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids, copper, Vitamin B-1, manganese, iron, phosphorous and magnesium.
1cup Almonds = 30g Protein
Our last, but certainly not least, plant-based protein we will discuss are Almonds. Delicious and nutritious and very versatile. Of all of the tree nuts, almonds are the highest in protein, fiber, Vitamin E, calcium, niacin and riboflavin.
I hoped this has help you try to sort out what will work best for you and your family. Remember, there are dozens of ways to get your protein with a plant-based diet, you just have to research for yourself. And always remember to color your plate!