Posted By Rebecca Sturgess June 2, 2020
When eating a plant-based diet, it is more important than ever to be aware of your protein intake! By making sure you eat complete proteins (containing all amino acids) and a number of plant foods that are high in protein, you can get the most out of your meals and increase your intake of vitamins, minerals and protein needed by your body to function at its best!
Here are 5 great sources of plant-based protein:
Tempeh – tempeh is a good source of plant-based protein and is made from fermented soybeans. It also contains a number of B vitamins, iron and magnesium. Although it looks similar to tofu, tempeh is a healthier alternative due to the fermentation process and use of the whole soybean. It is a good source of probiotics and higher in fibre than tofu.
Lentils – lentils are packed with protein and contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer and support healthy digestion. We’ve added lentils to our vegan falafels, try our Green Lentil Falafels or Red Lentil Fakki Patties as an easy way to add more lentils to your diet!
Chickpeas – chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are another top source of vegan protein, b vitamins and zinc (important for vegans and vegetarians). Chickpeas have a low glycaemic index, allowing for a slow release of carbohydrates and prevent a spike in blood sugar levels. To support nutrient absorption, soaking chickpeas allows for easier digestion. The chickpeas found in our Vegetarian Falafels have been activated over a 48 process.
Quinoa – quinoa can be considered a super-food as it is a complete source of plant-based protein (containing all amino acids). It’s also a gluten free grain, and can be added to savoury meals or as an alternative to rice, or even porridge! We’re a big fan of the super-food benefits of quinoa and it’s a key ingredient in our delicious Spicy Quinoa Falafels.
Hemp – hemp is the new super-food on the block. It’s an excellent source of plant-based protein and can be added to meals in the form of hemp seeds or protein powder. Hemp contains all the essential fatty acids, omega-3, 6 and 9, making it a good source of healthy fats. Hemp seeds are a great addition to savoury meals for a protein boost. Sprinkle on salads or add hemp protein powder to your smoothies!
Check-out our tasty range of Falafels and Veggie Patties packed with certified organic plant based proteins.