Whether you’re trying to switch to a plant-based diet or are trying out vegetarianism/veganism for the first time, it can be difficult to know how to add proteins into your diet. I’ve made it easy for you and put together some plant-based *complete proteins you can add to your meals.
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!
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!
Quinoa - Quinoa is not only gluten-free and a great source of calcium, phosphorus and iron, it’s also a complete protein! Sprinkle some on your salad or make a quinoa bowl with avocados and beans for delicious meal.
*Complete proteins are foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies can't make on its own but need to function optimally! They are: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.