Where do vegans get their protein?


If you're a vegan, or thinking of going vegan, and you've shared it with ANYONE on the planet, you've most likely been asked the question "Where do you get your protein?" It would seem the appropriate question to ask someone who doesn't consume animals. And maybe even, rightfully so.

The truth is, most of us have been taught our entire lives to believe the only way to get protein in our diets is by eating animals and their byproducts, but we now know, that simply isn't true. If you're a vegan or vegetarian and you're eating sensibly, you will consume your fair share of protein.

Arming yourself with the knowledge of where to find plant based protein is the first step in making sure you get enough in your diet, so we've created a list to help you do just that. Feel free to share it with anyone concerned about your protein intake.

Eating a variety of the foods listed below will help you get the right amount of protein your body needs for good health.

  • Adzuki Beans
  • Almond Butter
  • Almond Milk
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Black Beans
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Broccoli
  • Brown Rice
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bulgur
  • Cashews
  • Cauliflower
  • Chia
  • Chickpeas
  • Edamame
  • Figs
  • Flax
  • Green Beans
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Kale
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Pistachios
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanuts
  • Peas
  • Pinto Beans
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Seitan
  • Soy Milk
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Tahini
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Vegan Ice Cream
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Veggie Dogs
  • Walnuts
  • Whole Wheat Bread

If after reading the list above, you feel you might not be consuming enough protein rich foods, there are a variety of plant-based protein powders available at your local health-foods store, or check out our picks for high protein products from Amazon below.

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