5 Ways to Add Plant Protein to your Diet
Looking for a quick and easy way to boost heart health while also ensuring that your daily nutritional needs are being met? Living a meat-free or vegan lifestyle and need to add more protein into your diet? You’ll find everything you need by incorporating the right plant-based protein into your daily meals. Not sure where to begin? Here are 5 simple and tasty ways to eat more plant protein.
Chickpeas. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and the variety of dishes and meals they can be incorporated into (hummus, anyone?) have been a culinary delight for people around the world for centuries. Not only are chickpeas packed with protein and fiber, but they also contain several other important vitamins and minerals that benefit the human body.
Nuts. Raw nuts – like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews and Brazil nuts – are the perfect solution to that midday snack craving. They’re super high in protein and contain “good fat” (i.e. polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats), making them heart-healthy and great for boosting energy.
Seeds. Incorporating quality plant-based protein-packed seeds – like chia, hemp and flax seeds – into your daily diet can do wonders for keeping your bones strong and your energy levels high. They’re also extremely versatile and make the perfect addition to everything from cereal and smoothies to salads and soups.
Spirulina. This protein-rich, plant-based ingredient is typically used in its powdery form and added to things like smoothies, snacks or dessert recipes thanks to its somewhat sweet and nutty flavor. Its dark color will turn anything it’s mixed with to bluish-green, so be prepared!
Beans. They don’t call these the “magical fruit” for nothing! Beans – such as soy, white, pinto, kidney, black, adzuki, navy and lima – are an amazing (and super flavorful) source of protein. They’re also great for adding fiber and healthy carbohydrates to your diet. Like seeds, beans are super versatile and can be eaten plain or added to almost any recipe. For vegetarians and vegans, beans are often used as a meat substitute in everything from meatloaf and burgers to taco filling.
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