I have recently started changing my diet a little as a post pregnancy experiment. Of course I eat real food, but I must admit my proportions of fat, veggies, and meat have always been whatever. As a member of the LDS church I wanted to turn to the guidelines they offer about diet. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the word of wisdom taught in this church here’s the basics.
- Tea or coffee
- Lot’s of veggies
- Grain as the staff of life
- Meat sparingly
So I tried to find some information on a way to follow the word of wisdom while losing my baby weight. 🙂 This is what I found… so that brought me to the question of what are some great sources of protein from plants.
Top 10 Plant Based Protein Sources
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are a great source of plant based protein. Per calorie they contain more protein than ground beef. They are also full of vitamins B,C,K, and A and important minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Sprouts are low calorie and up to 35% protein. They are full of great vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Chia is a great plant based protein source as it is 20% protein and full of tons of other health benefits: including high in antioxidants, calcium, vit c, and fiber to name a few. It’s gelatinous nature also helps cleanse the intestines.
A handful of almonds has more protein than an egg. They are tasty and a great quick snack naturally loaded with protein.
For plant based protein avocados are great because they provide all 18 essential amino acids, so if you are cutting out or limiting meat they are great.
Eat you coconut fresh or as an oil or flakes. You get the most protein out of this source if eaten in a concentrated form.
Sprouted Brown Rice
Sprouted brown rice protein powders are found everywhere but you can get a great amount of protein straight from the source too.
Pumpkin seeds are a great plant based protein source…but they are also renowned for being a great source of zinc as well as other great minerals and vitamins.
1 cup of broccoli has 5.7 grams of protein. It also brings with it folic acid, vitamin c, and calcium. Plus it’s a great staple in my house. we put a little garlic salt and butter on it and roast it in the oven. It makes a super fast, and healthy side for any meal.
Spirulina is a powerhouse when it comes to protein, contain 65-70% protein. This mystery food contains more protein than meat and more calcium than milk.