The Best Plant Based Protein Sources

In today’s blog, we are looking at plant based protein sources.

At The Body Camp our nutrition plan is 80% plant based and 20% chicken and fish – dairy and sugars are also replaced with natural alternatives, such as almond/coconut milk. Why? Because we find with this type of nutrition, most people do not have any reactions or allergies to it and secondly, the plant based diet plan, (for example – unlike juicing for 7 days) is easily transferable and sustainable in everyday life.

At those meals where we don’t include chicken or fish, one of the key questions we often hear is “Where do you get your protein sources from on a plant based diet?”

Here are 15 sources to get you going on your journey towards health:

1. Quinoa

This is a gluten free grain and is considered a carb. Its considered a starchy protein because it also contains fiber and protein too.

2. Spirulina

This is a protein rich plant based protein, that can sometimes taste sweet and nutty.

3. Chia seeds

These incredible seeds absorb water and turn food into a gel like substance, thanks to the soluble fiber content. They help boost the intake of omega 3’s and are especially fantastic added to coconut milk and whipped together for a couple of minutes!

4. Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds contain heart-healthy fats from mainly omega – 3 fatty acids. They are small in size and can be added easily to any recipe to boost protein content!

5. Lentils and split green peas

Lentils and split green peas are a brilliant source of protein, carbs and fiber and considered a starchy protein.

6. Nutritional Yeast

This yeast has large amounts of B vitamins and protein content and is cool for making dairy free sauces, dressings and much more!

7. Different types of Seeds

Sunflower, sesame, flax and pumpkin are protein and mineral rich. Mix them into foods, shakes or smoothies for your improved protein daily intake.

8. Nuts

Walnuts, cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts etc are rich in minerals, vitamin E, healthy fats and protein – but always consume in moderation!

9. Different Types of Beans

Another brilliant source of protein, carbs and fiber – say no more!

10. Tempeh

This is made from fermented soybeans and is firmer and chewier than tofu – its becoming more popular and is an excellent form of plant based protein.

11. Natural Peanut butter

Delicious and a great way to get a hit of protein – peanut butter never goes out of fashion!

12. Almonds

Containing protein, calcium and iron, almonds are also a good source of vitamin E. Like most nuts and the ones listed above, they must be eaten in moderation!

13. Avocado

Avocado contains healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and lots of fiber… well as protein. Use on salads and put in protein shakes to thicken and full you up.

14. Spinach

A superb source of fiber, protein, vitamins A, C, E, K and calcium. It must be in every salad you eat!

15. Broccoli

This is packed with amino acids, vitamin B6 aswell as protein too.

So there you go…..15 incredible sources of protein in plant based foods.
Make an effort to use one in each meal and feel the difference!

Rick parcell
Strategic Intervention Coach