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A List of Plant Based Foods to Boost Your Protein Intake

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Ask most people for a list of high protein foods and they will probably mention meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. However, if you are a vegan or vegetarian these sources are not normally part of your everyday diet.Many people think that getting enough protein while on a vegetarian or vegan diet can be difficult at best. You just have to adjust what you are eating to ensure that you are incorporating enough plant protein into your meals. Plant protein are quality protein that you should add in your every meal.

Proteins are found in all living cells and they are sometimes called the “building blocks of the body” as they are essential for growth and repair. However, we don’t necessarily need enormous quantities of protein in our diet – a well balanced diet contains all the macronutrients, which includes fats and carbohydrates as well as protein.

So if you are eliminating animal products from our diet where can you find protein sources? Below is a list of foods that are suitable for this situation.

Quinoa:
There is not enough good things that you can say about quinoa. It is a super food and it is loaded with protein. You can switch out quinoa in any meal that calls for rice. You can add some to pancake batter to get a little extra flavor, consistency and some added protein.

Beans:
How many smoothies are you making with beans? Very likely none! Why not? You can add some high protein (preboiled) beans into your favorite smoothie and get an instant pop or protein. They will not change the flavor of the smoothie but will add a little thickness. It is a great way to add protein to your meal!

Kale:
Kale has been making the news quite regularly in regards to its many healthy qualities, and protein is definitely among them. It’s not everyday that you find a vegetable that provides almost a tenth of what you need each day in a single serving.

Seeds:
Chia seeds and hemp seeds are ridiculously high in protein. Sprinkle them liberally on salads, dressed greens and in smoothies. Just use them as much as you can, to get a high dose of protein in your meals. Some other seeds that you can use to sprinkle in your meals are sesame seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Nuts:
Nuts are excellent sources of protein. Eat a handful of nuts before a meal or whenever you feel like snacking. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachio, cashew are some healthy nuts that you can benefit of their protein content.

Spinach:
Perhaps this is why Popeye ate so much spinach and got stronger as a result. Spinach is an excellent source of protein for a vegetable, which can help you build lean muscle when mixed with resistance training.

When you eat spinach, you don’t need to focus on any one feature it has, you can simply be content knowing that you’re eating one of the most nutrient-dense veggies on the planet. It’s packed with minerals and phytonutrients that will help your body in many ways.

Organic sweet peas:
Add sweet peas to your meals, smoothies and wherever else you can stick them in. They pack a wallop of protein at 8 grams a cup.

 

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3 responses to “A List of Plant Based Foods to Boost Your Protein Intake

  1. SharonZiyanda January 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you for this Dr Akilah!
    I like Quinoa Porridge! I make it with water first, then pour nut milk in to my Quinoa bowl! I add a dash of pink salt whilst cooking! I like to add chia seeds on top, some raw honey and a some blueberries!
    I like to keep my Quinoa bowl simple!
    Blessings
    Sharon

    • brucehampton770 January 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Hi,

      Dr. Akilah has reassigned me to manage her blog due to the infrequent updates. I am the one posting the stories. However, I’m sure she appreciate the support and we thank you for reading her blog. I will be posting new articles three times a week. Look forward to updates happening more frequently now.

      Regards,

      Bruce

      • SharonZiyanda January 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm

        Hi Bruce
        Thank you!
        Although I have had WordPress for a while I totally forgot about it and wasn’t using it effectively to comment up until some days ago! I am finding the posts very helpful and look forward to reading and engaging with these!
        Best regards
        Sharon

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