The Best Sources of Plant-Based Proteins
As a vegan or someone who is simply trying to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, you know that plants provide protein, too. Plants are rich in proteins, fiber, mineral and phytonutrients. They are truly nature’s perfect food for humans. The best way to harness the power of plants is to get the widest variety possible every day.
Knowing which food options contain the most plant-based proteins is ideal because it allows you to get the widest amount of nutrients your body needs. Keep this handy checklist of the best plants that are rich in proteins and how to use them in your daily diet. You’ll have an easier time planning your meals because you’ll know that you are nourishing your body with real, plant-based, protein-rich whole foods.
What to Eat in Place of Meat for Protein
So, what plant-based foods give you the most bang nutrient-wise? How do you eat these items once you’ve bought them? The list below offers ways to prepare and enjoy the foods suggested.
Here are some of the great sources of plants that are rich in proteins:
Spinach. Use it in place of lettuce for salads. You’ll get more flavor and protein into your diet that way.
- Kale. Perfect for creating green smoothies, kale is also delicious when dehydrated and made into ‘chips’.
- Zucchini. Dice it up and put it into salads or grill kabobs with large chunks of the vegetable on them.
- Portobello Mushrooms. Broil them whole or slice them up and sauté them with other protein-rich vegetables.
- Tempeh. This meat substitute takes on many different flavors. It makes a great filling for a sandwich.
- Quinoa. Eat the grain instead of rice or pasta. You can make many different dishes with quinoa serving as the base.
- Hempseeds. Add them to your green smoothies before drinking. You can also sprinkle them on the top of the homemade crackers that you bake.
- Chia Seeds. Make chia pudding out of them or sprinkle them on top of a salad for texture and protein. They’re great for adding to juices and soups, too.
- Almonds. Snack on them whole, roll energy bites into slivers of them or make a butter out of the nuts. They’ll make you feel good because they’re very filling and satisfying.
- Cashews. Vegan cheese and other dairy-like products are made from cashews. It’s important to soak them first, however, to leach out some of the chemicals that are in them before consuming them.
- Beans. There are hundreds of ways to prepare and eat beans. You can make a pot of them, add them to soups, refry them and make burritos out of them, and the list goes on.
- Peas. Eat them as a side dish or add them as an ingredient to the different foods you make. You can make a cold pea salad or eat them in a hot vegetable soup.
- Lentils. Make a mock ‘meatloaf’. Add spices and eat them as an ingredient in a soup or casserole.
As you can see, the choices are endless. You have many options that answer the question, “What types of plant-based proteins are available?” With a little imagination, you’ll be preparing meals, snacks, and beverages that are 100% meat-free and exceptionally delicious. Be sure to visit our recipe page to see our chef-designed vegan plant-based recipes.
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