5 Vegan Protein Sources You Need To Know
I get asked all the time how do I get my protein as vegan, and I although sometimes I rolled my eyes because protein is in every single plant based food (amounts might change but everything has some) I know that it can be new information for most people. Which to be honest, even I wasn't aware of this until a few years ago.
Protein intake has been a big topic on the fitness industry in recent years, and although I (and a lot of research) shows that you don’t need ridiculous amount of it to live, some people might want extra to build lean muscle.
If you are on that boat, and/or maybe you are curious or looking for some free dairy, more natural options to get it, here are my favorite protein in form of powders you can get in the market. Most them can be found on any grocery store and online!
I found this to be one of the most common recently. Hemp powder is made out of hemp seeds. It can be found on it’s own, or as the actual seed/heart. I love adding it into my smoothies, top my oatmeal with it, or make milk with it. Like this iced matcha latte.
It is also a great alternative for people that can’t process legumes as well, or are “paleo”
It is typically found mixed with other protein powders, like pea and hemp. It is a complete protein (it has all amino acids) and it doesn’t taste like much to be honest. I love it for baking, and to add to my smoothies.
This one is a bit controversial, based on the fact that i don't love the taste. I wanted to be honest and say it right away, so if I do get it, I buy the one with some flavor like chocolate or vanilla to hide the taste. It is super popular, and as the rice protein, this one gets mixed with other protein powders.
It can be also found in lots of protein bars. One of the most popular powders out there!
It is actually known as an adaptogen and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, but due to it’s unique properties it considered one of the world’s natural “super foods.” BUT it does have 20 amino acids (8 of the essential ones to rebuild muscle) and taste amazing in coffee, or as a creamer. It is higher on carbohydrates in compare to other powders, but it has another amazing benefits.
Sacha Inchi Protein
Somehow new in the market, but companies like Vega has been including it on their blends for a while and it is super tasty too, more on the nutty side since it’s a nut. But it is great in cereal, smoothies and yoghurt.