Whether you’re a new or veteran vegetarian/vegan, it can be daunting to find the right amount of complete protein for your diet. I’ve made it easy for you and put together some plant based complete proteins you can consume in your diet for optimal health!
Chia seeds - this superfood is not only amazing as a source of fibre or packed with vitamins and minerals, it is also a great source of complete protein!
Spirulina - This is a natural algae that is high in protein and is a great source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other essential nutrients. It can be taken in pill or in powdered form!
Buckwheat - Don’t bee fooled by its name, buckwheat is actually not wheat! It is a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb. Buckwheat is known for balancing blood sugar levels and is great for the heart. This gluten-free option is commonly used as flour for baking, or in the form of soba noodles.
Hemp seeds - These nutty tasting seeds have a great balance of proteins, fats, vitamins and enzymes. They’re known for aiding weight loss, increasing energy, and great for inflammation.
Soy beans - This is probably the most common type of complete protein. Tofu, soy milk and many dairy substitutes are made with soy beans. One thing to keep in mind is to ensure you’re consuming organic soy products as they’re heavily sprayed with pesticides and other harmful chemicals!
Even if you’re consuming incomplete plant based proteins, you can combine them to make a complete protein! Here are a few combinations you can try:
Black beans and rice
Hummus and pita bread
Nuts or seeds with whole grains