Finding the right sources of protein has always been very important for those who are following a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle. That’s why here below we’ll give you a list of the best vegan protein sources, which of course you can find in all our shops!
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN
Protein is the main component of our muscles, skin, internal organs such as brain and heart, as well as our hair, nails and eyes. It makes up around 17% of the body’s weight and is an essential part of our immune system, blood sugar regulation and energy function.
As a vegan, it’s important to combine different vegetables and pulses with grains, in order to get the right amount of protein. In fact, variety is key when it comes to being vegan and the combination of the right plant-based ingredients can have many health benefits.
5 HIGH-PROTEIN VEGAN FOODS
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, plant-based sources of protein can be of real benefit. So let’s find out which are the best ones!
Pulses include all beans, peas and lentils. All of them make a great, affordable and low-fat source of protein and provide plenty of variety.
- NUTS & SEEDS
All nuts and seeds ensure protein and energy throughout the day and are very versatile because they can be used as a snack or with meals.
Some of the best nuts and seeds in terms of protein are: Hemp seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds, Almonds, Brazil nuts and Cashew nuts.
Of course, peanut butter and nut butters are another great source of protein, but read the label to make sure they have no added sugars, oils and salt.
Also – Did you know that Quinoa is another seed full of protein? And it’s also known as a complete protein because it contains all the 22 amino acids that build protein. It means that quinoa is a great alternative to carbohydrates such as rice.
Everybody knows that tofu is derived from soya and is very versatile because it can be cooked in many ways and blended into soups as well. But the good news is that it is a great source of protein too! Just 100g of tofu provides 8g protein!
Are you surprised? Vegetables offer a great amount of protein too! The best ones are Asparagus, Broccoli, Avocado, Brussels sprouts, Spinach, Kale and Cauliflower.
Oats are an excellent source of protein: 100g of oats provide 10g protein! And they are also a complex carbohydrate, which means they provide slow energy release, to ensure adequate energy levels throughout the day.