You don’t have to be vegetarian/vegan to want to increase your plant-based protein in your diet.
But what are the best sources of plant-based or non-meat protein? Keep reading and take a look at my top 5 recommendations for protein-rich, natural, plant-based foods:
Quinoa is an ancient superfood packed with manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc, phosphorous, vitamin B6 and vitamin B9. It is 14% protein making it one of the best plant-based sources out there. Technically a seed, quinoa needs to be cooked before eaten and contains all essential amino acids making it a complete protein.
2. CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are 21% protein and contain all the essential amino acids. So again, another complete protein source. It has been used for thousands of years as an energy food and turns into a jelly like consistency when added to liquid. It is a brilliant source of Omega-3 alongside calcium and magnesium. I like to add chia seeds to smoothies and juices.
Natural hemp has many health benefits and can be purchased from all good health food stores. Packed with a 47% ratio of protein, hemp comes in many forms including protein powder. Try mixing with coconut milk and a banana for a thick, nutritious smoothie. Hemp contains the perfect ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 and is abundant in EFAs (essential fatty acids).
4. BEE POLLEN
Containing 5 times the amount of amino acids of equal weight beef, eggs or cheese, bee pollen is a superfood that packs a punch. It is considered one of nature’s most complete foods as a rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and fats. It is also classed as a natural antibiotic. Just a small level teaspoon in a morning is great if you are feeling under the weather. Great added to smoothies too.
5. SPIRULINA & CHLORELLA
Chlorella is 58% protein and spirulina up to 75%. These proteins from the algae family are packed full of a wide range of nutrients and help to rid the body of heavy metals. They also act as a probiotic and are essential for gut health. I recommend this SPIRULINA and this CHLORELLA.