Can You Get Enough Protein on a Plant Based Diet? - 24Seven Wellness & Living

So many people I speak to say they had considered changing their diet to a plant based diet but they are concerned that a vegan diet lacks protein. The truth, however, is completely the opposite, as in fact certain plant-based proteins actually contain more protein than certain animal products. So below we are listing 5 of the best plant-based protein sources you can add to your daily intake.  Whether you are considering a vegan diet or not getting your protein from a plant source might be a nice change.

#1: LENTILS

Lentils are a protein superstar! With approximately 18 grams of protein per cup you need never worry about getting enough protein when you cook with lentils. They also have a really high fiber content which not only assists in a healthy digestion, but also means that a meal with lentils will not leave you feeling hungry.  

#2: HEMP SEEDS

If you were wondering what these little seeds were good for, take note! They may be small but they are mighty in the protein stakes, at just about 10 grams per three tablespoons. Not only are hemp seeds packed with protein they are also an excellent source of heart-healthy Omegs-3 fatty acids and are easily digested.

#3: QUINOA

I think we have all now heard of Quinoa, and we actually know how to pronounce it correctly! Whilst it looks like a grain it is actually considered a seed, and not just any ole seed, this guy is a plant-based complete protein source. It is a plant-based superfood containing about 10 grams of protein per one cup of cooked quinoa and is also an excellent source of fiber.

#4: SPIRULINA

You may have had a smoothie with spirulina added. If you were wondering why or what it was adding to your drink then you may be interested to learn that it is one of nature’s finest superfoods and is one of the very few plant-based foods that consists of nearly all protein. In just two tablespoons you will be packing in just about 8 grams of protein.

#5: NUTRITIONAL YEAST

Nutritional yeast might not be a name you are familiar with but in the vegan world it is known as vegan “cheese” because of it’s delicious cheesy flavor. In just four tablespoons of nutritional yeast, you’re looking at close to 8 grams of protein with a healthy addition of B-vitamins, so well worth a generous sprinkling!

So if you still want to try a plant-based diet, then go ahead your protein intake will be safe.