All About Plant-Based Proteins
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Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. It aids in many important functions in the body, and is essential for growth and maintenance. While protein is abundant in many animal products, it is possible to have a well-balanced, protein-packed diet by avoiding animals all together.
That’s right. Adding in plant-based proteins is a safe and healthy alternative. Beans, peas, processed soy products, nuts and seeds are also considered part of the Protein Foods Group, according to choosemyplate.gov. It is not difficult to reach your daily nutrition goals with plant-based nutrients. It just takes a little thought and the right amounts. For Example, One cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein.
According to choosemyplate.gov, the average adult recommendation for the Protein Food Group is 5 to 6.5 ounces per day. Find out what is your recommended daily value and try simple swaps to get protein.
Looking for plant-based protein alternatives? Here is a list of the top 15 sources for plant-based proteins:
Almonds (try our Garlic Almonds)
Black Beans (try our Black Bean and Radish Burgers)
Cannellini Beans (try our Vegetarian-Style Chilli)
Chickpeas (or Garbanzo Beans) (try our Chickpea Pasta)
Green Peas (try our Green Pea and Lettuce Soup)
Lentils (try our Moroccan Lentil Salad)
Quinoa (try our Oh So Healthy Quinoa Muffins)
Sesame Seeds (try our Sesame Orange Scones)
Soy Beans (try our Russ' Soy Bean Muffins)
Spinach (try our Spinach Soufflé )
Tempeh (try our Tempeh Chilli)