Lately most people seem to be incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diet, this is due to a rise in healthy eating. Some people are becoming vegan or vegetarian, if you are one of those people then you are probably worried about protein intake. Here are 5 plant-based proteins that are good substitutes for animal protein.
3 tablespoons of hemp has about 11 grams of protein. They are food for your heart; they contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seeds can easily be added to salads, smoothies, oatmeal, stir fry and even pastry.
Hemp seed oil can be used relieve dry skin and skin irritations. It is also good for eczema because it is a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids.
Hemp seeds provide more protein than beef and lamb. It can also help to reduce breast pain tenderness, depression and irritability associated with Pre menstrual period.
This is a very rich source of protein, 2 tablespoons contains about 9grams of protein. By dry weight it is made up of 70% protein. It has a subtle sweet taste and it changes everything you mix in it to the color green. They can be added to smoothies.
Spirulina has a high iron and calcium content. It contains 26 times more calcium than milk. It helps to lower blood sugar and is a powerful antioxidant.
There are a variety of nuts you can eat such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and Brazilian nuts are rich in vitamin E, healthy fat and protein.½ a cup of nuts contains almost 20 grams of protein.
Nuts can be eaten in a variety of ways. They can be added to salads, cereal, and oatmeal or just eaten on their own. Some people extract the oil from them for cooking as well as blending the nuts to make butter.
They deliver a great amount of nutrients to the body and only contain a few calories. The Aztecs and Mayans also ate chia seeds a long time ago because it provides a great deal of energy for the body.
An ounce of Chia seeds contains 4g of protein, 9g of fat and 11g of fiber. Chia seeds contain a lot of antioxidants that help prevent cancer. Due to its high protein content, it helps to reduce appetite and aids weight loss.
This is pronounced Keen-wa, it is a gluten free alternative to starchy grains (e.g. rice). It is a great source of protein, calcium, magnesium, fibre, vitamin E and manganese. It can be eaten at anytime of the day and can be added to other meals.
A cup of cooked Quinoa contains about 17g of protein. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart.