Certain plant foods contain significantly more protein than others so if you’re concerned about how eating more a vegetarian diet might lack sufficient protein, here’s my recommendations for plant-based sources of protein.
1. Mix hemp hearts, which are a complete plant-based protein, into smoothies or toss them on top of salads, soups are wraps.
2. Love lentils! They come in several colors and can be used in salads, soups, or on top of roasted veggies.
3. Replace your rice with quinoa, another complete plant-based protein.
4. Enjoy edamame in salads, soups, and snacks. Like hemp and quinoa, it’s a complete protein and it provides 18-22 grams of protein per cup.
5. Enjoy chia seeds in puddings or oatmeal. These protein-rich seeds take any flavors you throw at them.
6. Toss your home-popped organic popcorn with nutritional yeast, a cheesy substitute for dairy that offers 8-10 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons.
7. Sneak spirulina into your smoothies. It is an excellent source of protein plus an impressive range of vitamins and minerals. When added to a smoothie, it won’t change the taste and it will brighten your greens.
8. Replace store-bought chips or crackers with roasted chickpeas. They are amazing over salads, soups, and stews.
9. Use unsweetened organic nut butter as a spread on gluten-free breads, wraps, crudité veggies, or fresh dates.
10.Use unsweetened pea milk (try Ripple Unsweetened) for your smoothies or morning high-fiber cereal bowl.