Is Protein Draining Your Energy?
Animal proteins (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy) 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 more brain fog you'll experience. Plus, even after you fall asleep, your body continues straining to digest these foods, diminishing the quality of the sleep you get.
In contrast, 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!
Why Get More of Your Protein from Plants?
- More energy, less fatigue
- Less bloating, improved digestion
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved sleep quality
- Easier weight loss
6 Energy-Boosting, Plant-Based Proteins:
Trying to cut back on meat? Seeking a nutritious source of clean energy? Just finished a juice cleanse? Fuel up and slim down with these plant-based protein sources!
PS: 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.
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 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, providing all of the essential amino acids your body needs to get from food. Sprinkle them on soups, salads, smoothie bowls, your bed… Like, literally just coat your entire 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 brainpower 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!
(Check out our Plant-Based Quinoa Bowl Recipe!)