Plant protein is easy to find, and is found in a huge variety of foods. When you consume protein from plant-based sources, you’re also getting a healthy dose of fiber – a nutrient in which most of the North American population is deficient.
Many vegan foods are higher in protein than animal-based foods. Seitan, for example, is a wheat-based meat alternative created by Buddhist monks centuries ago. Seitan is 75 per cent protein by calories, compared to 55 to 60 per cent protein for steak.
Other plant-based sources of protein include lentils, tofu, tempeh, beans, nuts, quinoa, chia seeds, hemp hearts, spirulina and nutritional yeast. And that’s only a small sampling!
Karina Inkster is a qathet region health and fitness coach, author of five books, and host of the No-B.S. Vegan podcast.
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