When one becomes a vegan, this is undoubtedly one of the biggest inquisitions. How can one possibly receive enough protein, without absolutely any meat, eggs, or dairy? Seems impossible, right? Wrong!
The thought that most vegans don’t consume enough protein isn’t just a misnomer, but it’s 100% false! Hasn’t anyone ever heard of quinoa? While getting enough protein may seem like a daunting task for many new vegans, they will quickly discover the innumerable delicious, protein-packed vegan fares.
While your busy Pintersting new vegan meals and creating endless grocery lists, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses… Or in this case, take note of the 10 greatest plant-based protein sources for your future green cuisine!
Not only is edamame one of the easiest foods to cook EVER, but it has an unbelievable amount of protein. I almost did not believe it. Get ready. One cup has 18 grams of protein. But how can you only eat one cup of these little green pods of goodness?!
I hope you are excited to see this on the list as I am. There’s nothing like warm, homemade oatmeal in the morning. Add in organic honey and it’s as sweet as can be. Did I forget to mention that steel-cut oats have about 5g
Lovely Protein Packed Lentils
Vegan or not, lentils are one of the most nutritious foods you can put into your body. Cook lentils as a starchy side, top your salad or use in a vegan meatloaf, lentils are extremely versatile. One cup of cooked lentils provides a whopping 18g of protein.
You knew it was coming. Some seeds are sweet, others are earthy tasting and some are nutty. Boost your smoothies with chia seeds or toss some sunflower seeds into your daily salad. They may be small, but they are mighty with about 8g of protein per quarter cup.
Another amazing source of protein. While every nut may not be your cup of tea, there are so many options that you are bound to find your one true love. From almonds, to cashews, to pistachios, nuts are an easy and quick way to get some protein in. A handful (1/4 cup) provides around 9g of protein!
Beans, beans, beans the magical fruit
If you weren’t obsessed with beans before you were vegan, be prepared to learn to love them. Small or large, white or black beans, these little goodies grant you about 15g of protein for only a cup.
Yep, you guessed it! My number one plant-based protein source is quinoa. Eat it cold, mix it into stir-fry or try with fresh fruit. Not only is quinoa delicious and can be incorporated into almost any meal, but it has an unbelievable amount of protein. Cooking ½ of a cup will provide you with about 9 grams of protein
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