As A Plant-Based Super Athlete Where Do I Get My Protein?
The number one question vegans and vegetarians get:
How do you get your protein if you're not eating meat?
As a previous meat eater, I entirely understand the perspective "where do you get your protein if you're not eating meat?" The moment I decided to commit to becoming plant-based, my energy levels substantially increased and I knew I was onto something. In the beginning stages of becoming plant-based, I did a lot of research to make sure my body was getting an adequate amount to not only ensure a healthy lifestyle, but also keep up with being a plant-based super athlete. Regardless if you're looking at changing up your eating preferences, we're here to educate on different sources of protein when it comes to not having meat in your diet. We welcome any variations of diet.
- Lentils - 18g protein per cooked cup (also 50% of your daily recommended fibre intake)
- Kidney, black, pinto beans - 15g of protein per cooked cup (significant sources of complex carbs, fibre, etc.)
- Nutritional Yeast - 14g of protein & 7g of fibre per ounce (high in B12, copper, and zinc)
- Ancient Grains (Spelt, barley, farro, etc.) - 10-11g protein per cooked cup
- Hemp Seeds - 10g protein per ounce (that's 50% more than chia and flax seeds)
- Spirulina - 2 tablespoons 8g protein (22% of daily iron intake, 42% of daily copper)
- Protein-Rich Fruits & Vegetables (Spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli, etc.) - 4-5g protein per cooked cup
- Nuts, Nut Butters and Seeds (Chia, sesame, sunflower, etc.) - 5-7g protein per ounce
If this list inspires you, begin incorporating ingredients and seeing how your body feels. Our holistic nutritionist, Jasmeen Sangha, is happy to help you towards your goals and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.