One question that will forever be asked of someone with a plant-based, vegan, or vegetarian lifestyle will always be "where do you get your protein from?". Rightfully so! Proteins are the building blocks of the body because they're used to make muscles, tendons, skin, and organs. And although reaching our protein intake everyday is super important, so is the quality in which we source it. Welcome to the wonderful world of plant protein, love!


All proteins are made up of amino acids, twenty total available, and nine of which the body can't produce on its own. Unfortunately some protein sources don't contain all nine so you may need to add supplements or combine proteins in order to make up what is known as a complete protein. A complete protein contains all of those nine amino acids, in fairly equal amounts, and they're essential to our diet since we can't produce them on our own.


Here's a list of some of the most common, heavy hitter plant protein options available. Hint, hint: These are also the sources you want to see on the back of your protein bottle when looking to supplement! :

Quinoa - 24 grams per cup
Oats - 12 grams per cup
Black Beans - 15 grams per cup
Chickpeas - 14.5 grams per cup
Lentils - 18 grams per cup
Almond Butter - 16 grams per 1/4 cup
Spirulina - 4 grams per tablespoon
Kale - 2.9 grams per cup
Nutritional Yeast - 16 grams per 1/4 cup
Sunflower Seeds - 29 grams per cup
Pumpkin Seeds - 19.5 grams per 1/2 cup
Hemp Seeds - 3 grams per tablespoon
Chia Seeds - 2 grams per tablespoon


The wonderful thing about these plant-protein sources is that they each come packed with so many other nourishing benefits for the body. It's the reason your skin is glowing, your hair is healthy, and your energy is through the roof. Your body is spending less work on digesting and more time feel sustained and energized throughout the day.


Make sure you're checking in with that bod of yours though because it's going to tell you when you're not getting enough. If you're struggling through a workout, feeling dizzy or unusually tired, or constantly hungry, start adding a plant-based protein supplement to the mix as a starting point and adjust from there. The beauty of a plant-based lifestyle is that it allows you to connect more with eating intuitively. Take it step by step and make the changes your body needs as you go, love! 

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