The 7 Strongest Proteins for Vegetarians
Whether it is for the love of animals, personal health reasons, or just by choice, being a vegetarian can be somewhat of a dietary challenge for those who have recently sworn off meat. The most important nutrient we receive from consuming animals is protein.
A common myth about veggie diets is that many people who follow them are quite slim. This is not true. Vegetarians come in all shapes and sizes, as a vegetarian diet does not mean swearing off junk food. Nor does it mean the absence of muscle-building proteins. In fact, some of the best (and biggest) athletes are vegetarian and have no trouble building mass and performing at a top level.
To help keep you strong and feeling full after meals and through the day, we bring you our 7 strongest protein-packed options for vegetarians.
By themselves, beans are not very appetizing. But when they are mixed into a delicious salad, a healthy burrito, or as a side dish to complete a meal, they can be fantastic. Every type of bean comes loaded with protein most notably black, kidney, pinto and soybeans.
So simple, so small, and so easy to combine with a meal; one cup of green peas contains almost as much protein as a cup of milk (7.9 grams). They can be served alone and steamed with garlic, or ground up to complement a variety of meals.
Of course Tofu is on the list. Tofu is the stereotypical vegetarian replacement for meat, and has a nasty reputation for being tasteless. While it can’t be served quite as rare as a steak, it is much easier to prepare and can contain up to 20 grams of protein per cup. Add a bit of marinade and some time on the BBQ to create very succulent veggie burgers.
Quinoa; so hot right now, and for good reason. Quinoa is very filling and at its most delicious when mixed with a variety of veggies (think corn, roasted peppers and onions). It can be prepped in large amounts ahead of a busy week, or even consumed with chili at breakfast for a great start to the day.
Now this is a really, really easy way to get some protein, either in the morning or before/after the gym. Gather your favorite fruits (we recommend kiwis, cherries and orange slices), add 6oz of almond or coconut milk and 1 scoop of Nature’s Food™ Plant-Based Fit Protein for a powerful 28 grams of protein.
Each avocado contains 4 grams of protein and can be added to a variety of meals (egg breakfast, green salad, burgers, etc.). Avocados are also a healthy form of fat.
Many nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews) pack a ton of protein, and are best consumed in their natural raw state (no sugar or salt added, not roasted). Nut butter carries the protein punch over to sandwich spreads and quick on-the-go meals. Keep an eye on your calorie count though, as nuts can add up easily.