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Where do I get my protein?

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

This is one of the first questions I hear when a client is transitioning to a whole foods plant-based diet. It is a myth that you need to acquire protein from animals. Meat is loaded with cholesterol, fat and contains no fiber. Not to mention processed meats, like hot dogs, lunch meats, bacon, etc. which are a level 1 carcinogen. Sharing the same category as cigarettes and asbestos.

Plant proteins have no cholesterol, have healthy fats (if any), and are high in fiber along with a myriad of vitamins and minerals.

Below is a list of some of the best foods to get your protein:

Vegan Protein

Edamame - 9g per 1/2 cup

Sprouted Tofu - 9g per 3oz

Oats - 5g per 1/2 cup

Green Lentils - 10g 1/4 cup dry

Chickpeas - 6g per 1/2 cup

Quinoa - 6g per 1/4 cup dry

Black Beans - 5g per 1/2 cup

Black Rice (Heirloom Forbidden Rice by Lotus) 6g 1/3 cup dry

Wheat Berries - 6.5g 1/4 cup cooked

TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein - 13g 1/4 cup

Raw Nuts & Seeds (per 33g raw, 1/4 cup)

Peanuts - 7.7g

hemp seeds - 7.4g

Almonds - 6.3g

Sunflower Seeds - 8g

Pistachios - 6g

Pumpkin Seeds - 9g

Flax Seeds - 5.5g

Cashews - 5.5g

Chia Seeds - 5g

Walnuts - 5g

Brazil nuts - 4.3g

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