I’ve been a vegan for several decades and I love it. Growing up I was forced to eat animal products that actually made me severely ill. I used to get violent stomach aches and I’d vomit regularly. I could not digest animal products properly and it was horrible to live through those years. I quit eating animal products when I was a teen because I also had deep compassion for animals. It was not until I was in my late 20’s that I realized there were plant proteins. My whole world changed.
Protein has become a hot topic in the health scene and the buzz is all about plant-proteins. People are realizing that animal proteins aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. They contain high levels of phosphorus and some of them cause inflammation.
I know we all have our own beliefs and preferences when it comes to animal proteins, and I respect that. But for people like me who love animals and/or have digestive issues, or are more health-conscious, plant-based food sources can provide high-quality proteins. Protein is a very important nutrient you need in your diet whatever your health goal may be. Here’s a list of the top 7 plant-based proteins. Try them, you just might love them.
These tiny seeds rock when it comes to providing a healthy protein. 3 Tablespoons of hemp seeds provide you with 10 grams of protein. They also offer a blend of omega 3 and omega 6 fats, high fiber and a complete amino acid profile. They’re so versatile, you can sprinkle them on salads, soups, or toss them on a smoothie.
Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that’s deemed one of the world’s most powerful superfoods. A high-quality product will contain 60 – 70% spirulina protein by weight. It also contains 8 essential and 10 nonessential amino acids, high levels of gamma-linolenic acid, beta-carotene, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, phosphorus and so much more. One Tablespoon provides 4 grams of protein.
Nutritional yeast is not the same as bakers yeast. Nutritional yeast is little flakes loaded with high amounts of protein and fortified vitamin B. 3 Tablespoons equal about 12 grams of protein. It has a distinctly tangy and cheesy flavor that will nicely into many recipes. Add it to dressing, dips, salads, quinoa and hummus.
Pumpkins seeds have so much to offer. They have 5 grams of protein in one ounce and they’re rich in iron, fiber, zinc, magnesium and omega 3s. Pumpkin seeds also have high amounts of natural chlorophyll which alkalizes and cleanses the body and prevents inflammation.
Lentils are a great source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. One cup of cooked lentils provides you with 18 grams of protein. They’re also packed with iron, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, folate and niacin.
Peas belong to the legume family and provide high levels of protein. You get about 11 grams of protein per cup. Peas also contain a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, especially leucine, lysine and glutamine.
Quinoa is a great source of iron, fiber and protein. I cup of cooked quinoa contains 8.14 grams of protein. Along with complete amino acids, it’s rich in iron, lysine, magnesium, B12 and manganese.
Disclaimer: This article is not offering any medical advice. If you have any health issues, seek advice from your medical providers.