5 Plant-Based Protein Sources – Powered by TheStore.com.hk
The new year is still young and that’s a great occasion to show your health a little bit more love. Plant-based diets are super hyped at the moment and that for good reason – going mainly plant-based not only provides great benefits for your physical health but is also less impactful on the environment.
One of the main questions of people new to the plant-based diet is whether they’ll be able to get enough protein from limited or no consumption of animal products. But no worries, incorporating high protein plant foods will not only make you feel better but may also provide a greater variety of ingredients for new recipe ideas.
TheStore.com.hk, your one-stop online shop for supplements, superfoods and organic groceries has put together their 5 favourite plant-based protein sources. All products are available at their shop and will be delivered to you same day for free.
Oats are a great way to start your day with a protein packed breakfast. They are fairly cheap, filling and aside from their high protein content packed with important minerals like magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and folate.
Half a cup of oats provides you with 6g of proteins and 150kcal. Add a high protein plant milk like pea milk (8g protein per 240ml) and top with a nut butter and raw cacao nibs for your protein packed super-breakfast.
Hempseeds & Chia Seeds
Hemp Seeds and Chia Seeds are among the so called “Superfoods”, a group of foods with a especially high density of important nutrients. They are both packed with vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids and also happen to have a high protein content.
While Chia seeds contain 6g protein for 35g of (dry) seeds, hempseeds even provide you with 10g of protein for 28g of seeds.
You may sprinkle them over salads or mix them into smoothies. Chia seeds soaked in a plant milk over night make for a delicious and filling chia pudding.
Did you know that Spirulina is considered to be the most nutrient dense food in the world? One tablespoon of the algae provides you with 4g of complete protein and tons of important minerals and other nutrients. You might need a second to get used to the taste but your body will thank you for it.
Tip from The Store HK: “Mix the Spirulina into your favourite smoothie and balance the taste with banana and tropical fruit.”
Amaranth & Quinoa
These South American “pseudocereals” are not only naturally gluten free but also provide you with a high content of protein, about 8 to 9g per cooked cup.
They are also great sources of complex carbs, fibre, iron and magnesium which makes them a great alternative to pasta, rice and potatoes. Especially Amaranth is a popular ingredient in grain-free cereals, granolas and snacks.
Nuts & Nut Butters
And here you thought healthy eating was going to be boring and bland! Did you imagine that you could excuse your elevated consumption of peanut butter with “adding in a bit more protein”? Actually nuts and therefore nut butters are not only great sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids but also contain quite a bit of protein, about 5 to 7g per ounce of nuts.
The protein content varies depending on the type of nut, especially high in protein are peanuts (especially our brand new Wild Jungle Peanuts), almonds and pistachios. Make sure your nuts and nut butters are natural, unsalted and contain no sugar or oils to make use of all the benefits.