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6 Amazing Plant-based Proteins

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Plant-based proteins are one of my favorite ways to boost my protein intake without all the calories. Protein helps build the muscles that keep us strong, active, and healthy, so it’s important to make sure you are getting enough every day. Meat is typically a good source of protein, but for vegetarians, or anyone who doesn’t like to eat a lot of meat, getting the proper amount of plant-based proteins is important. Most of these plant-based proteins are delicious as the main ingredient in a dish or as an easy, tasty side dish with a little burst of protein.

6 Amazing Plant-based Proteins

Large amounts of protein and fiber can be found in lentils, so they help keep you energized and satisfied. They are perfect in a soup, stew, or salad. Lentils are plant-based proteins that are popular substitutes for ground beef or turkey.

Hemp Seeds
Not only are hemp seeds a great source of plant-based proteins, they also have plenty of vitamins and minerals, which support overall health. They are delicious sprinkled over a salad, yogurt, or smoothies. Hemp seeds are also delectable in oatmeal or pudding.

Quinoa is a gluten-free grain, so it’s one of the most universally loved plant-based proteins. I love a good quinoa salad! You can also make a hot quinoa cereal, cookies, or fritters. The possibilities really are endless, when it comes to quinoa.

Almond Butter
One of my personal fav’s is almond butter. In my opinion, this is one of the most convenient plant-based proteins. Not only is it mineral and protein-rich, but it makes the most scrumptious treats! For instance, these Shakeology Sunset Bars. The Chocolate Shakeology, almond butter, honey, and banana in these bars make for an indulgent delight that is still full of protein.

Okay, seriously. Avocados are amazing! Maybe even my favorite of the plant-based proteins. It’s easy to add an avocado into anything really. Make some fresh guacamole , or slice it up for your fresh, spring salad. You can put it in a smoothie to make it even creamier and more nutritious.  

Black Beans
As one of the staples in plant-based proteins, black beans are chock full of protein. Add them to fajitas, make a batch of delicious chili, or this delightful recipe for Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad. Hint: that recipe has black beans and quinoa, so you know it’s chock full of protein!

What are your favorite plant-based protein recipes? I’d love to hear about your favorite meals and the ways you incorporate plant-based proteins. Leave a comment below!

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