There are always 2 sides of the Fence. So my guess is that you are either here to Educate yourself of the Top 10 Vegan Sources of Protein because you are going Vegan & want to stay Healthy (Congrats to you! ) ~ or you are here to Educated yourself because you just don’t know how the Vegans in your life stay Healthy without eating Meat (Congrats to you as well ). Which~ever you are, Where~ever you stand. I hope this Educates you a little bit more
A little about Protein before we get started.
Protein is the building food for our bods & therefore is of Primary Importance! Next to Water, it is the most abundant substance in us. Our bodies are made of it! Protein is the major source of heat energy for us & it’s excess is converted to fat & stored on the body. Despite it being so important, it isn’t as difficult to get as many would think. We also don’t need it to make up the majority of our plate (especially the animal kinds).
Check out a new list of Proteins that can help your bod & keep you going. Vegan!
~With an average of 65% Protein this Green Super Food is a great source of Protein, it also contains 8 essential Amino Acids. Powders or Capsules are the most common.
~A staple in South America, this Grain (seed) has been around for~ever. Quinoa packs more punch than many North American Traditional Grains (an average of 13% compared to 9% for Rice, etc) & it is a Complete Protein.
3. Beans (Black beans, Navy beans, ChickPeas, etc)
~Soybeans rank highest with 40%, with most other Beans at around 7~14%. Make a Bean Brownie for a yummy treat.
4. Kale & Dark Leafy Greens
~ Dark Leafy Greens range from 16% (Kale) to 23% (chard) The more the merrier here! Add it to salads, smoothies, juice, sandwiches, etc!
~one of the Highest Proteins for Greens, Spinach has about 30%. Add tomatoes for a delish salad!
~Tofu Protein levels vary. Check your package for amounts.
7. Nuts & Seeds
~Pistachios can hold 25% Protein & Cashews much less. Take your pick you can’t really go wrong (Peanuts, Walnuts, Pecans, Hazelnuts, Pine nuts, Almonds, etc)
8. Hemp & Chia
~Chia is at the lower end (5% protein), although it is a Complete Protein, & Hemp is closer to 6%.
9. Lentils & Legumes
~Most Lentils & Legumes fall near the 9% Protein mark. When added to Beans & Vegetable it ups the % tremendously. Throw these in stews, soups, salads etc.
~At around 4% Protein, Avocados are a wonderful addition to any meal & (not just for the Protein either!)