7 Protein Packed Vegan Foods
A question that vegans and vegetarians oftentimes receive: “But where do you get your protein?” Well believe it or not, there are more ways than one to get the proper nutrients without eating animal products.
Quinoa is a fabulous source of protein, coming in a 8.14 prams per cup. This versatile grain is perfect in stir frys, salads and breakfast scrambles, and with the proper seasoning, can make for a very tasty meal.
Garbanzo Beans (aka Chick Peas)
Beans are a fabulous protein source for both meat eaters and vegans. Specifically, garbanzo beans are a versatile and delicious variety that can be transformed into several different forms, including hummus and spaghetti sauce.
Almonds & Various Nut Butters
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that I am a huge fan of eating almonds as a snack, and consider nuts an important part of my diet. As somebody who does not consume much animal product, nuts are a good calorie and natural (good) fat source that you don’t have to feel guilty about consuming. Almonds hazelnuts, pecans – they’re all delicious and good for you. Be careful about eating too many though and try to keep portions to a handful size.
There are 4.2 grams of protein in 1 stalk of broccoli. As one of the highest protein rich vegetables, broccoli is an ideal food to eat for both carnivores and herbivores. If you want even more benefits, consume it raw!
Oatmeal is without a doubt one of my favorite things to eat. A fool-proof breakfast, oatmeal is a staple in my diet. It doesn’t take much to prepare, and its full of fiber and protein (6 grams in 1 cup!). Sweeten with berries, natural maple syrup or honey, you can’t go wrong with oats!
Lentils are an great source of potassium, iron, fiber and lean protein. Lentils are perfect in soup or worked into a curry dish, and are very nutrient dense which will help you feel full and satisfied. There’s no need for meat – lentils are a hearty legume that you shouldn’t overlook.
Tempeh (a natural soy product) is scary for those who aren’t familiar. However, its versatility is a lifesaver when it comes to vegan cooking. Used as an actual meat substitute, tempeh can be made into patties for veggie burgers, “chicken” fingers, meatballs, or chili. In addition, it comes in at a whopping 31 grams of protein per cup! You simply can’t beat it.
So there you have it. Seven 100% vegan foods that are high in protein. Let me know if you try any of these and hashtag your photos with #TheBrookeeper if you end up trying any recipes containing these ingredients!