One of the most frequently asked questions about being on a plant-based diet is: “Will I be able to get enough protein?” The answer is, yes! Even though being on a plant-based diet requires a bit of digging to make sure you are getting the right amount of protein for your body, it is not impossible.
If you are asking yourself the question above, I want to make things easier for you and recommend three plant-based protein options that you don’t want to forget to pick up next time you are at the grocery store.
If you were to take a look in the pantry of someone on a plant-based diet, you’ll most likely find chickpeas stored in there. Chickpeas are not only a great source of protein, but a very versatile ingredient that can be used for many recipes.
Chickpeas are satisfying and fulfilling, and have fantastic benefits as well. In just one cup, chickpeas have nearly 15 grams of protein. Some benefits include: improving digestion due to the amount of fiber that it has, improving gut health, assisting with weight loss, and controlling blood sugar levels.
If you are looking for an easy way to get your daily protein intake, chia seeds are a great choice. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds will grant you 6 grams of protein and a boost to your energy.
What is great about chia seeds is that they are very easy to incorporate into your meals. If you are a fan of smoothies, start sprinkling some chia seeds on top of them. If you are on the hunt for a new plant-based recipe, try making chia seed pudding!
Almonds are a go-to snack that I can never, ever get tired of. Besides being rich in protein, almonds are rich in calcium, Vitamin E, and have fats that are good for the heart. It doesn’t matter how you decide to consume your almonds. Between almond milk, almond butter, almond protein powder or just the nuts, you can’t go wrong with this plant-based protein.