Regardless of whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or just looking to limit your meat intake, there are plenty of clean, protein-rich plant foods to choose from. And by focusing on a well-rounded variety of vegetables, nuts, and seeds, you will not only be getting adequate protein, you’ll be ensuring you are getting a wide variety of essential nutrients as well. Some of the lesser-known plant-based sources of complete protein include:
These plant-based protein sources not only provide an excellent amount of protein per serving, but they are also easy to incorporate into your everyday meals as an addition to smoothies, on top of salads or other dishes, or alone as a snack. I especially love hemp protein, hemp hearts, sacha inchi powder, and spirulina in smoothies, and nutritional yeast makes a great popcorn topper.
These are some plant protein options with various amounts of essential amino acids. Focus on getting a variety of these to get all of those essential amino acids:
These are just some examples of the variety of nuts, seeds, and vegetables you have to choose from. With so many ways to prepare these sources and combining them with other plant-based sources of healthy fats, you’ll surely be getting the macronutrients your body needs to thrive—all while enjoying delicious meals.