Why Get More of Your Protein from Plants?
- Healthy weight loss
- More energy
- Less bloating
- Stay fuller longer
- Reduced inflammation
- More restful sleep
- Clearer skin
Fun fact: Kale provides more protein and iron than a piece of steak!
How is this possible? It’s easier for your body to break down and use plant-based foods! Whereas we may only be able to utilize a small percentage of the protein in a piece of meat (because it has been cooked, and the enzymes and vital nutrients denatured), we can and do utilize ALL the protein in a piece of kale.
Is Your Protein Draining Your Energy?
Animal proteins take a lot of time, energy, and effort for your body to digest and make use of. The harder your digestive system has to work, the more sluggish you will feel, and the less energy you’ll have to spare! Animal-based foods also promote inflammation and acidity in the body which are major catalysts for chronic fatigue, brain fog, and diminished sleep quality.
Unlike animal proteins, unadulterated plant proteins are readily usable and absorbable by our bodies. They stabilize your energy levels throughout the day and can help you to stay fuller longer. PS: Diets comprised of a greater proportion of plant-based foods have been shown to be the most effective for promoting healthy weight loss!
If you are getting a large proportion of your protein from plants, VARIETY is key. Fill your diet with an assortment of different vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes to ensure that you are getting enough of the essential amino acids your body needs.
6 Energy-Boosting, Plant-Based Proteins:
Trying to cut back on meat? Easing your body into or out of a juice cleanse? Just seeking a nutritious source of clean energy? Fuel up and slim down with these plant-based proteins!
1. Leafy Greens
Leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, collard greens, and swiss chard are a great source of protein and amino acids, but it can be challenging to consume enough each day to meet your dietary needs. That’s the magic of drinking raw green juice: it easily maximizes the vital nutrients your body soaks up!
2. Hemp Seeds
Ditch those gross whey and casein protein powders and grab a hemp smoothie instead. These tiny Superfood seeds are one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world, giving you a healthy dose of 9 essential amino acids. Sprinkle them on soups, salads, smoothie bowls, your bed… Like, literally just coat your life in hemp seeds.
3. Raw Nuts
Protein, fiber, and good-for-you fats that actually promote weight loss! Nuts are excellent for increasing your brain power and they provide long-lasting energy. The most protein-rich, nutrient-dense nuts include almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, pine nuts, and hazelnuts.
4. Chickpeas & Tahini
Although incomplete alone, chickpeas and tahini (a nutty-earthy paste made from sesame seeds) make a complete protein when combined… and they happen to be the 2 main ingredients in hummus! Serve your hummus with fresh vegetables for an awesome energy-boosting and nutritious snack.
One cup of lentils contains the protein of 3 eggs! Lentils will give you steady, slow-burning, long-lasting energy due to their high fiber content and complex carbohydrates. Mineral-rich and low in fat, studies have shown that incorporating these little legumes into your diet promotes a slimmer waist!
Low in fat and calories, energy-dense quinoa offers a complete amino acid profile and has more than double the fiber and protein of most grains (1 serving is 15% protein!). Although Quinoa is grain-like, it’s technically not a grain. It's the seed of the goosefoot plant (which is related to spinach, beetroot, and amaranth), and it makes a wonderful gluten substitute!