everything you need to know about plant-based protein

Vegan? Vegetarian? This cheat sheet contains everything you need to know about the benefits and best sources of plant-based protein.

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what are the benefits of plant-based protein?

Protein should be high priority for everyone, but eating enough protein is especially important for those following a plant-based diet. Make sure you are eating enough protein each day for long-term health.

1) contains amino acids

Protein plays many roles in the human body and without protein our bodies wouldn’t be able to survive and function. This is why it’s so important to get enough protein each and every day. Try eating a source of protein at every meal to round out your overall intake of amino acids throughout the day.

It’s extremely important to get adequate amounts of protein because they are the building block of cells, muscles, tissues, and so much more!

2) saves money

Sometimes plant-based sources of protein are cheaper to buy, especially when you purchase them in bulk! Traditional sources of protein like animal meat and fish are typically the most expensive items on the grocery list so choosing to eat more plant-based protein is definitely smart for the wallet.

Intentionally going plant-based for one day of the week can definitely help save some money in the long run!

3) it’s fun to cook!

Did you grow up eating dinners with traditional dishes made out of animal products? We love cooking meatless dishes! It can be a challenge at first to learn how to cook plant-based protein like tofu or tempeh but we think it’s fun to unleash our inner creative chef and experiment with new flavors and ingredients.

Eating a plant-based protein is a great way to eat something you might not normally have tried! Like spiced and roasted chickpeas… it’s is a delicious, plant-friendly way to enjoy vital nutrients and protein.

Read: 5 reasons you should try meatless mondays!
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what are the best sources of plant-based protein?

There are plenty of great sources of plant-based proteins for vegans and vegetarians! Many plants contain proteins as well as contain carbohydrates or healthy fats. It’s important to consider this to help make sure your meals are balanced with the proper portions of carbohydrates and healthy fats throughout the day.

You can get a great level of natural protein into your body and fill nutritional needs by including various nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains into your daily diet.

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Jess’s number 1 way to eat plant protein

Hands down my favorite way to eat plant protein is via a smoothie recipe. My raw chocolate breakfast milkshake is so quick, easy and it tastes delicious!

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
1 large frozen banana
1 avocado
3 tbsp of cacao powder
2.5 cups of cashew milk
4 ice cubes
1 pinch salt
1 tsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of raw cacao nibs and shredded coconut to decorate

Directions:
Simply mix together the milk, cacao, ice, avocado and banana together in the blender, add in the salt and coconut oil and blend until smooth. Decorate and enjoy!

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