Where do you get your protein?
It’s probably the most common question you come across when someone finds out you eat a plant-based diet.
That’s because most people assume animal products are the most efficient way to get your protein. That’s what a lot of us grew up hearing, and probably just assumed it was true.
But we know that’s simply just not true.
Actually, most people believe we should consume way more protein every day than our bodies actually need.
For the general population, the U.S. recommends consuming .36 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight each day.
There are so many plant-based options, and eating a diet high in plant-based protein sources is actually really good for you.
Benefits of Plant-Based Protein
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health actually recommends you get your protein from plants whenever possible.
Studies have also shown that those who eat diets high in plant-based protein sources weigh less and have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
And eating a diet rich in plant-based protein has also been known to lower your risk of diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
So What are these Protein-Packed Plants?
Some great examples are black beans (15 grams/cup), lentils (18 grams/cup), chickpeas (12 grams/cup), nuts, seeds, quinoa (9 grams/cup) and leafy greens like broccoli and kale.
Soy can also be another great source of plant-based protein. You can find soy in foods like edamame, tofu (11 grams/4 oz), and tempeh (41 grams/cup).
Foods made of soy are awesome because soybeans contain all 9 essential amino acids and contain lots of vitamins, fiber and iron. Studies have also shown that eating soy can lead to weight loss.
Even further, in addition to being packed with protein, these plant foods also tend to have fewer calories and are rich in fiber, which means you can eat more of them and feel full longer.
Getting Your Protein is Easier Than You Think!
So, really, how to get enough protein on a plant-based diet shouldn’t be a question at all! There are tons of protein-packed plant foods to try out, and odds are you’re probably already eating them on a regular basis.
What’s your favorite source of plant-based protein, and how do you work it into your meals?