5 Sources of Vegan Protein that Might Surprise You

Whether you're a meat eater, a vegetarian, or a vegan, a variety of protein sources is vital to optimal health and well being. While we often think of animal protein as the primary source for meat eaters, and tofu or tempeh as the primary source for vegetarians and vegans, there are actually quite a few that lay between. These super-food, protein packed, more understated options should not be overlooked! They're an easy go-to that can serve as the staple or addition to sweet and savory meals or snacks.

  • Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are an incredible source of vegan protein. 1 ounce of chia seeds contains 4.7g of protein. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons onto your yogurt, add to a smoothie, or make a delicious chia pudding, and you've just added a super food source of protein. Ladies, chia seeds are also known to balance your blood sugar and hormones.

  • Quinoa

Contrary to popular belief, quinoa is not a grain, it is actually a seed. This makes it a more preferable option than grains like rice and oats, because it is less of an inflammatory food by nature. This pseudo grain contains 8g of vegan protein per 1 cup. It can be prepared sweet or savory, as a base to any dish, or an addition to an organic green salad! One of my favorites is a warm bowl of quinoa for breakfast with some berries, cinnamon, and a touch of maple syrup!

  • Hemp Hearts

These small, powerful, omega 3 filled super seeds are incredibly packed with protein. Astonishingly, 2-3 tbsp of hemp seeds contains about 11 grams of protein! This is comparable to an animal source of protein, and they're so simple! Sprinkle these on your breakfast, add them to smoothies, sprinkle them on a salad or some steamed veggies! Hemp hearts also regulate hormones, right along with chia seeds!

  • Spirulina

This blue green algae is an incredible energy stimulator, as well as a great source of vegan protein! It normally can be found in powders or tablets, which are extremely easy to add to smoothies, or simply taken or chewed as tablets! These green super foods contain 8g of protein, per 2 tbsp.

  • Chlorella

And last, but certainly NOT least...chlorella! Cousin to spirulina, chlorella is also a green algae, and contains all nine essential amino acids. This makes this green algae a more of a complete source of protein. Additionally, it is a binder, which helps the detox pathways release toxins. Chlorella binds to these toxins and flushes them out of your system! Bacterias, viruses, heavy metals, and pathogens that disrupt the optimal functioning of our systems, and are unavoidably accumulated in today's environment, ride the pathway out, right along with this super food! Additionally, if you chew a few of these tablets, you are proactively preventing dental cavities, and assisting bacteria in the mouth and throat cavity to bind and exit the body.

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