Top Plant-Based Proteins
"Where do you get your protein from?" — it's a question you've either asked or been asked depending on whether you're a vegan or a meat-eater. And it's a good question. We're not going to provide everything you need to know about protein, but we're here to share a bit about the plant proteins we use in our products and why we love them.
First, a little refresher on what protein is and why it's important. Proteins are referred to as the “building blocks” of life. Our bodies break these blocks down into amino acids and reassemble them to regulate our body systems and provide us with strength. Of the 22 amino acids we need, most can be assembled by our bodies for our bodies, but 9 of those must come from food. That’s why it’s essential to get your protein from a variety of foods. How much protein we need will differ from person to person and will depend on how active you are. But typically, we need between 0.6 and 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight.
As for the meat versus plant thing, well, you don't have to turn to animal sources or five scoops of protein powder to get what your body needs. You can get your daily requirements from plant-based sources. On top of that, plant-based sources contain far more fibre and are packed with nutrients.
Here are some of the highest plant-based sources we found:
This ancient whole grain is one of those “complete proteins” which means it has all 9 essential amino acids. Amazing!
Protein amount: 8.2g per cup cooked
Other perks: High in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, calcium, vitamin E
How to eat: Great alternative to oats in porridge (far more nutritious) and a great alternative to rice (also far more nutritious). Also delicious in buddha bowls, salads and soups.
In our products: Quinoa Energy Chocolate Brownie
NUTS AND SEEDS
No matter which nut or seed is your favourite, you can’t go wrong — they’re all bursting with protein and healthy fats. Almonds take the lead in terms of protein, with pistachios coming in a close second.
Protein amount: 5-7g per 1/4 cup
Other perks: Good source of heart-healthy unsaturated fat
How to eat: Where do we start? As a snack on their own, to make cheeses or sauces, in bars, on your cereal, in your salad.
In our products: All of them! But we rate our activated products as they’re easiest for your body to digest.
Despite its name, buckwheat has no connection with wheat and is actually a seed. It is used around the world for various things from soba noodles to pasta to flour.
Protein amount: 5.7g per 1 cup
Other perks: Filled with fibre, good source of iron, high in magnesium, zinc, folate, vitamin B6.
How to eat: As pancakes, replacement instead of oats, in sweet treats, in stews
In our products: Choci-Jo Granola, Curry Buckwheat Crackers
These funny little things come from Mexico and look like fish eggs but they are nutritional powerhouses and can be used in so many ways.
Protein amount: 4g per two tablespoons or 24g per 1 cup
Other perks: Calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, helps with digestion
How to eat: As pudding, in smoothies, as an egg substitute
In our products: Gourmet 4 Seed Crackers, Savoury 4 Seed Crackers
It might look (and slightly taste) like swamp water but you’re going to want to get it in you. Spirulina is both a top contender as a superfood and a complete protein. It is a rich green algae that has been recognized by ancient civilization's including the Aztecs.
Protein amount: 4g per 1 tablespoon
Other perks: High in copper, iron, vitamins A, C, E and B
How to eat: Add in bliss balls, crackers or dips. Mix in your smoothie, stir into your water (if you’re brave) or some orange juice (helps disguise the flavour).
In our products: Dulse and Spirulina Crackers, Dulse and Spirulina Raw Pizza Bases