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Plant-Based Proteins For Everyone!

By Sara Butler

You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian to earn the benefits of plant-based protein. There are many different sources of protein you can get that have nothing to do with meat. Whether you enjoy a good steak every now and then or not, you should incorporate a few of these plant proteins into your diet for your overall health and wellness. Here are a few proteins from plants that will keep you feeling energized and satisfied.

Quinoa

Quinoa is a flowering plant that comes from the same family as spinach and Swiss chard. It’s not a grain and just so happens to be one of the only plant-based proteins that have all essential amino acids your body needs to be healthy. That’s usually something that only animal-based proteins can claim, so it’s an important protein to make a part of your diet.

Just one cup of cooked quinoa has about eight grams of protein. You can substitute quinoa for rice, make it as a morning porridge or add it to your salads. There are a lot of ways to enjoy quinoa, just make sure to rinse it well before cooking or it can cause you a few tummy troubles.

Lentils

Lentils have a lot of benefits to your health, one of which is the fact that they’re a protein powerhouse! The 18 grams of protein in one cup of cooked lentils will keep you full for hours. It also happens to be full of fiber!

You can choose from different types of lentils, all with about the same nutritional profile. Red lentils are best in Indian-inspired dishes while brown and green lentils are going to be sturdier for stews and soups. Try different kinds and see which you like best!

Tofu

The firm variety of tofu is a superstar! Well, a protein superstar, anyway. One-half cup of tofu has about 20 grams of protein. It also loads you up on calcium and manganese. The great thing about tofu is that it has such a mild flavor it can be used in just about anything. Throw it in a curry, marinate it and then bake it, or stir-fry it. Experiment and see what you like!

Try adding some of these protein-packed vegetables to your diet! They're good for your health and wellness and may even help you to maintain a healthy weight in the process, whether you still eat meat or not! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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