Protein helps you stay fuller for longer and is essential for muscles growth and recovery. Contrary to popular belief, you can eat your recommended daily intake of protein through plant-based sources.
Whether you’re following a vegan/vegetarian diet or just want to incorporate a few meatless meals into your diet, this list of the Top 10 Plant-Based protein sources will come in handy!


LENTILS

1 cup cooked lentils = 18g protein

Lentils are a fantastic source of protein, carbohydrates and fibre, and it is very easy to make delicious filling meals!

Lentils Plant Based Protein


HEMP SEEDS

3 tablespoons hemp seeds = 10g protein

Hemp seeds are so full of protein and healthy fats such as Omega 3. They have a subtle nutty flavour and a small enough that you can sprinkle them on top of almost anything you can think of – smoothies, dips, soups, muffins etc.

Hemp Plant Based Protein


NUTRITIONAL YEAST


3 tablespoons nutritional yeast = 12g protein

Nutritional yeast is inactive, toasted and fortified to be a great source of protein as well as Vitamin B12. Nutritional Yeast has a cheesy taste and is often used to create vegan cheese replacements. Add to your savoury baking, sauces, cooking, or sprinkle over your dishes.

Nutritional Yeast Plant Based Protein


CHICKPEAS

1 cup cooked chickpeas = 15g protein

Chickpeas and most other varieties of beans such as cannellini, adzuki and black beans, are naturally high in plant-based protein, along with an array of other vitamins including fibre, iron, potassium and manganese. Like lentils, chickpeas and other beans are the perfect ingredients for many filling, meatless meal recipes.

Chickpeas Plant Based Protein


QUINOA

1/2 cup cooked quinoa = 7-9g protein

Quinoa is renowned for its protein content but it’s the type of protein, not the amount that makes it so impressive. Quinoa is one of the few plant foods considered a complete protein, offering all of the essential amino acids in sufficient amounts.


Quinoa Plant Based Protein


TOFU

½ cup firm tofu = 10g protein

Tofu is created from the curds of soya beans. Tofu can be cooked and flavoured in many different ways, and is also a good source of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus and is low in sodium.

Tofu Plant Based Protein


PEANUT BUTTER

2 tablespoons of peanut butter = 15g protein

Now you have an excuse to add peanut butter to everything! Just two tablespoons contain around 15 grams of protein and plenty of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

Peanut Butter Plant Based Protein


SPIRULINA

2 tablespoons spirulina = 8g protein

Spirulina is a nutritional powerhouse. Derived from algae, this powder provides you with a high amount of protein, iron, thiamine and copper. Add a spoonful to your smoothies, juices or raw treats.

Spirulina Plant Based Protein


OATS

1/2 uncooked rolled oats = 8-9g protein

Rolled oats are a nutritious wholegrain classic. They are high in vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and are a fantastic source of energy. When making a bowl of porridge or muesli, you can add other protein sources such as hemp, almonds or peanut butter to create a protein-packed breakfast!

Oats Plant Based Protein


ALMONDS

20 almonds = 5-8g protein

Almonds make a great high protein snack and can easily be added into an array of baking and cooking.  Almonds also have high levels of amino acids and are rich in vitamin E.

Almonds Plant Based Protein