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There are many benefits in switching to a plant-based diet. Many are reluctant to switch because of a myth. They are worried that they won’t get the sufficient amount of protein. That is not the case, there are many plant based foods that can give tons of protein. Here are 5 great plant based foods that have lots of protein:

Tofutofu protein

Made by fermented soy beans, tofu contains about 10 grams of protein per ½ a cup. Tofu can be cooked in so many different ways as a meat substitute. It is tasteless so it can be seasoned to taste like one of your favorite meat dishes (especially those involving chicken). Tofu is also plentiful in calcium because it is made of soy making a good substitute for dairy products.

Lentils

lentils protein

They have about 18 grams of protein per cup, they can be used in salads,curries,soups, or rice. Lentils have other health benefits like reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, excess body weight and different cancers. They are packed with nutrients, such as folate, manganese, iron, and antioxidants.

Beans

beans protein

Most contain about 15 grams of protein per cup and have great health benefits. Beans can decrease cholesterol, help control blood sugar, lower blood pressure and reduce belly fat. They’re also excellent sources of complex carbs, fiber, iron, folate, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and several beneficial plant compounds.

Quinoa

quinoa protein

This can be used to replace pasta by making the quinoa into ground flour or you can eat it on its own. Quinoa has about 8 grams of protein per cup and is highly versatile. It also contains nutrients including iron, fiber, and manganese.

Seitan

seitan protein

This is a meat substitute made from gluten and various spices. It has 25 grams of protein per 3.5 ounces and you can easily pan-fry, sauteed, or grill seitan. Which means this can be used as an easy meat substitute for your favorite non-plant based meal. Seitan also gives off a meat texture which can help you transition to the plant-based diet.  Another reason why it’s so great is because you can find this pre-made at many grocery stores. But since it is made out of pure gluten, this food is not recommended for those who have celiac’s disease.

 

Conclusion

There are plenty of ways to get protein in your diet besides meat and dairy. Plant-based foods such as tofu or lentils or any of the other foods listed could be your source of protein. Some of these foods could also help you in other ways such as lowering cholesterol or lowering blood pressure. Even if your aren’t trying to switch to a specific diet you can still try to incorporate these foods. So make sure you are eating the right foods and make sure to get the right amount of protein.