It’s not easy eating a vegan diet, with more limited dietary choices comes more pressure to obtain your daily essential nutrients and one of the hardest ones to get enough of can be protein. Protein is essential to a healthy diet and lifestyle as it’s responsible for acting as a fuel source for our body and is also one of the main building blocks of body tissue. It’s crucial for muscle growth and repair which is why you see so many gym-goers drinking those protein shakes after a big work out.
One of the oldest and most obvious sources of protein is meat (i.e., beef, chicken and pork) but for vegans, these protein sources are off the menu. For this reason, vegans often have to get creative when searching for great food sources of protein, but there are other options out there, including these ten great vegan protein food sources…
1. Hemp Hearts
Yes it is true that hemp hearts (also known as hemp seeds) come from the same plant as marijuana, but not the same kind that grows the controversial green stuff. Hemp is a miracle worker of a whole other kind, and the seeds or ‘hearts’ from the hemp plant offer an excellent source of non-animal protein.
They have a rich nutty flavor and they’re loaded with protein, fibre, iron, zinc and magnesium. Two tablespoons of hemp hearts contains 6 grams of protein or about as much protein as one large egg, and they’re a great addition to salads, smoothies, muffins, musli, oatmeal or other baked goods.