Let’s make one thing very clear: Americans don’t need any more protein in their diets. Americans get way more protein than they actually need and they typically don’t get enough servings of fruits and vegetables, which have tons of essential nutrients that the body needs. You could get protein and a boatload of nutrients if you get your protein from plant-based foods.
Plant-based proteins don’t have as many calories as animal protein sources, and they don’t contain cholesterol-forming fats. Additionally, plant-based protein sources are complete proteins, meaning they have a variety of amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own. While some plant-based foods have higher protein quantities than others, it is more beneficial for your health to eat them, as opposed to negatively affecting your health with animal protein.
Here are some of the best vegan foods that have more protein than meat.
Two tablespoons of hemp seeds contain ten grams of protein. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids, they are rich in fiber, and most of the calories come from omega-3 fatty acids. Did you know that hemp seeds help to alkalize the body and increase metabolic function? Use hemp seeds in smoothies, raw snacks, or add them to our oatmeal.
There are eight grams of protein in a quarter-cup of raw almonds. Rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron, almonds are great for getting an energy/protein boost. Add almonds to smoothies, make homemade almond butter, or eat them as a healthy snack.
Measuring by calories, broccoli has more protein than beef. At 4.5 grams of protein per 30 calories, broccoli should make its way into your daily diet. Red meat has been linked to cancer, while broccoli has been known to provide your body with cancer fighting nutrients! Start eating broccoli to reap the benefits.
Spirulina has been a superfood for a while now. Not only is it rich in iron, B vitamins, and other essential trace minerals, but it is also 65% protein per ounce. Add spirulina to smoothies to help reduce inflammation and alkalize the body, two things that animal proteins don’t do for you.
Black beans are a great source of plant-based protein. They are loaded with potassium, fiber, folate, and tons of phytonutrients, which are produced by plants. At 15 grams of protein per 1 cup of cooked black beans, it is hard to pass them up. Try to replace your beef or chicken with black beans and serve them with quinoa and sautéed vegetables. You can also add them to salads or make homemade dips!