Vegan protein source #9: Quinoa
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Though touted as a “high protein grain,” quinoa is actually a seed. Included on the list of complete proteins that aren’t meat, quinoa is typically used as a replacement for rice, which has only half as much protein. Naturally gluten-free, it’s perfect in salads, sides, and more delicious vegan dishes. Try quinoa-stuffed bell peppers as a tasty dinner entrée, or experiment with other creative quinoa recipes. Quinoa also works well in baked goods.
Vegan protein source #8: Farro
This ancient grain packs a decent amount of protein when compared to other grains in the American diet. One-half cup of cooked farro provides 7 grams of protein and a whopping 7 grams of fiber. Naturally rich in iron, a nutrient even nutritionists don’t get enough of, farro is an excellent source of nutrition for vegans. Use farro like you would use any other cooked grain—as a base for cooked Asian vegetables, an addition to your favorite soup, or topped with berries and almond milk for a delicious breakfast.
Vegan protein source #7: Nuts
All nuts are not created equal when it comes to protein content. Almonds are high, with 8 grams per ¼-cup serving, while walnuts are lower with 4 grams (but high in omega-3s). Nuts are an easy-to-grab protein-rich snack, but don’t overdo it; they are calorie dense. Almonds provide nutritional bonuses such as linoleic acid, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and riboflavin. Include the top 5 healthiest nuts in your morning oatmeal or your afternoon trail-mix snack for a dose of protein and healthy fats.