Calling All Vegans: We Have a List of 12 Powerful Sources of Protein

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7. Mycoprotein (Quorn)

This food was originally made to help fight global food shortages. You will see this sold under the name of “Quorn,” but the real name is mycoprotein. It’s not a GMO food, but rather this food is actually a type of fungus, something like mushrooms, that is molded into shapes and sold as a meat substitute. It sounds a bit strange, but how many mushrooms do you know that will look and taste something like meat? It is sometimes mixed with egg whites so that it will stick together, so some vegans might want to read labels and check for a brand that doesn’t use eggs. For many people, however, this is a taste treat worthy of those Meatless Mondays. Just a half cup of Quorn has an almost unbelievable 13 grams of a complete protein.


8. Soy

This popular bean is perhaps the go-to substitute for those who want to go meat-free but be aware that many of the soy products on the market today are GMO products. However, with a little searching, you can find soy products that are non-GMO. Remember that the harder the tofu is, the more protein it contains. This means that ½ cup of firm tofu has 10 grams of protein, and tempeh has 15 grams of protein. Soy is a complete protein as long as you avoid the processed varieties.


9. Hemp Seeds

Don’t raise an eyebrow; no one will get high from eating hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are a complete protein as they contain all 9 of the essential amino acids. 2 tablespoons will give you a huge 10 grams of protein, along with zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. This is a great way to get essential fatty acids, such as omega-3s, which are known to fight depression.  Hemp seed milk is a delicious alternative to dairy milk and is terrific in a smoothie.

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