There are plenty of ways to up your protein intake without relying on protein powders. Here are a few protein-packed plant-based foods that are easy to incorporate into your diet.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are packed with protein, healthy fats, and other micronutrients. Enjoy nuts and seeds as a topping for salads, cereal, or oatmeal. You can also make your own nut and seed granola bars or energy balls, or simply enjoy them as they are for an easy grab ‘n’ go snack.
Beans & Pulses
On average, one cup of cooked beans or pulses provides around 30% of your recommended daily protein intake. Try new recipes with lentils, chickpeas, edamame beans, black beans, and more. We love Indian-inspired curries and dahls, hearty vegan chili and bean soups and stews. You could also simply add cooked beans and pulses to your salad.
Tofu, Tempeh & Seitan
These vegan protein alternatives are packed with protein and low in fat. You can use tofu, tempeh, and seitan as substitutes in many of your favorite meat recipes.
Whole Wheat Pasta & Brown Rice
This is a super easy switch you can make to up your protein intake. Simply swap out white rice and white pasta for brown rice and whole wheat pasta. These healthier alternatives are not only higher in protein, but also a great source of fiber and other micronutrients.