When you hear about a high-protein diet, many think of such meat-heavy carb-adverse plans as the South Beach or Paleo diets. However, vegetarians and vegans can also reap the manifold health benefits of a high-protein diet. Although many vegetable staples lack a sufficient amount of protein, there are some protein-packed plants that can more than compensate for this deficiency.
6 Plant Based Proteins You Should Try This Week
Our protein experts at Chef'd have selected six plant-based foods that pack a protein punch as a part of our most popular meal kits.
The tiny lentil is a deceptively mighty member of the legume family that is as strong in fiber as it is in protein. They manage to do this while providing essential vitamins and contain virtually no fat. The Warm Farro and Lentil Salad meal kit takes this champ and puts him on an all-star team of veggie favorites such as buttery Asparagus, tangy artichoke hearts, and juicy red cherry tomatoes.
Try it: Warm Farro and Lentil Salad
2. Chia Seeds
Not only are they good for growing pot plants, but the Chia seed has achieved a dietary renaissance as a concentrated source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Folklore and dietary science alike indicate that it is among the healthiest of food choices. How can you get any better than that? Combine chia with mouth-watering almond butter and ripe bananas as a part of our Almond Butter Toast with Mascarpone and Bananas kit.
Quinoa has been hailed as a superfood, and it is easy to see why. Just one cup has up to eight grams of protein as well as high values of such dietary necessities as iron, magnesium, and potassium. Tasty on its own, quinoa is absolutely irresistible as a part of the Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl with Lemon Arugula Salad meal kit where the grain is paired with protein-rich black beans and flavored with a tart blend of balsamic vinegar, lemon, and basil.
4. Sesame Seeds
The versatile sesame seed is one of the oldest condiments known to man and a source of delicious oil, but did you know that it is also a top recommendation as a protein supplement? A featured flavor of the Chilled Soba Noodles with Spicy Orange Sesame and Tofu meal kit, the sneaky sesame seed has fooled us again.
The Walnut is a tough nut to crack, but an easy one to enjoy. Its slightly bitter taste hides a complex mix of rare nutrients and a surprising amount of protein. It is a featured flavor in the Spinach Fettuccine with Walnut-Parmesan Pesto meal kit, blending beautifully with creamy fettuccine noodles and grated parmesan cheese.
You may know them as garbanzo beans, but a legume by any other name would still boast as much protein. Their combo of protein and fiber are excellent for a balanced diet and digestive health. As a vital ingredient in the Coconut Curry with Black Forbidden Rice meal kit, they will make a name in your household with the distinctive way they melt in your mouth.
Try it: Coconut Curry
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