Mar 5, 2012

protein


If you're worried about getting enough protein on a vegetarian or vegan diet, you may be in for a surprise. The truth is, most of us get way too much protein, and vegans can easily get more than enough protein in their diet as well. Many people still believe that protein is only available from meat and animal sources and we will all fall over dead without animal protein! Unless you're pregnant or an Olympic bodybuilder, you will likely get more than enough protein without even trying. Here are the best sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
25 Vegan Protein Sources:
Tempeh - 41g per cup
Lentils – 18g per cup
Plain soymilk – 11g per cup
Edamame – 20g per cup
Seitan – 19g per 3 ounces
Tofu – 20g per 1/2 cup
Peas – 9g per cup
Brown rice – 5g per cup
White rice – 4g per cup
Cooked broccoli – 4g per cup
Sunflower seeds – 6g per 1/4 cup
Quinoa – 9g per cup
Cooked spinach – 5g per cup
Avocado – 4g per cup
Whole grain bread – 7g in 2 slices
Black beans – 15g per cup
Cashews – 5g per 1/4 cup
Cooked semolina pasta – 8g per cup
Chia seeds – 5g per 2 tablespoons
Flax seeds – 4g per 2 tablespoons
Bulgur – 5.5g per cup
Peanut butter – 8g per 2 tablespoons
Sunflower seed butter – 5.5g per 2 tablespoons
Baked red potato – 3g per cup
Barley – 3.5g per cup

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