Getting enough protein in your diet doesn’t have to be an issue, no matter what non-vegans say! There are many vegan sources of this powerful nutrient. In fact, let's get to it. Here are six nutrient-rich, easily digestible sources that provide you with more protein than eggs.
- 1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are often given a pat on the back for their zinc content that has many health benefits, such as smoother skin, but pumpkin seeds also contain protein. A quarter cup of these seeds provides you with 10 grams. A great way to enjoy them is to sprinkle them on your cereal in the mornings.
- 2. Dried Spirulina
Just two tablespoons of this seaweed will offer you 8 grams of protein. You don’t have to eat it as is either-- make it more interesting by adding it to your salad or baked veggie dishes.
- 3. Nut Butters
Almond and other nut butters are delicious, and they allow you to become more creative with your cooking skills. Add them to hot potatoes, pasta, or your morning cereal to make it creamier. Best of all, a few tablespoons will give you approximately 8 grams of protein.
- 4. Lentils
If you really want a dinner that packs a protein punch, choose lentils! One cup of them will give you 18 grams of protein. Mix them in with rice or add them to a veggie wrap.
- 5. Kidney beans
Delicious in a variety of dishes, such as mixed into rice or a satisfying stir-fry, a cup of boiled kidney beans will give you 15 grams of protein. Other beans are good to consume, too!
- 6. Tempeh
This soy product makes for a delicious veggie burger (as well as many other dishes). It's no wonder it’s considered a must-have protein. Just one cup of tempeh will give you 30 grams of protein! Eggs --who really needs ’em?!
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