I lost 65 pounds 8 years ago. I’d love to share some of my best kept secrets. Below is what I’ve gleaned from the experts I’ve gotten to work with about veggie protein. Below is what I’ve had the very best results with.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t stopped hearing about the importance of eating enough protein in years. It’s on the news, weight loss reality shows, newest diet talk, blogs.
When I first started my weight loss journey, my doc said “Eat plenty of lean meats.” So naturally I went to Costco for mass quantities of protein to replace my pasta and cracker habits. If you were a fellow shopper you would have seen my cart full of rotisserie chicken, salmon, canned tuna. One very expensive cart full of what I would call lean meats. It was a beginning of my friendship with protein.
Now enters veggie protein into my life. My dear friend and nutritionist introduced me. “Jenn, there’s Pea Protein, Brown Rice Protein, Quinoa protein powders. And they’re all wonderful sources of protein for after working out or for a shake. Animal protein is not the only way to get proteins.”
I’d love to share my favorite sources of veg protein with you. Chicken and Eggs are still my fav. And these are on my rotating repeat buys. Prepare to be surprised. This list will make it easy to get your protein whether you’re a ‘T-rex Carnivore’ or a ‘Little Rabbit Grazing’ eater.
- Buckwheat 11 grams of protein per 1/2 cup cooked
- Brussels sprouts 1 cup of cooked or roasted Brussels sprouts has 4 grams of protein.
- Chia seeds 3 grams per tablespoon
- Collard greens 1 cup has 5 grams of protein
- Goji berries 4 grams of complete protein in a 1/4 cup
- Hemp Seeds have 3 grams per tablespoon (including BCAAs)
- Kidney, navy, and black beans average 15 grams of protein per cup cooked beans
- Lentils Lentils 18 grams of protein per cooked cup
- Millet 1 cup cooked millet provides 10 grams of protein.
- Roasted pumpkin seeds contain 10 grams of protein per 1/4 cup
- Quinoa 9 grams of complete protein per cup cooked
- Spinach 1 cup of cooked spinach has 5 gram of protein
- Split peas 16 grams per cup cooked
- Tempeh 24 grams of complete protein per 4 ounces.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of protein in your diet,click here to read our Macro Counting article.
And now the finale. My best secret to keeping the weight off, having energy and balanced hormones. I can honestly say this shake helped me lose the last few pounds. A version of this shake is in my diet every day.
My Fav Green Chocolate Shake:
1 scoop Self-Made Burner Blend
1 cup unsweetened almond milk vanilla
1-2 cups spinach
1 cup frozen berries
Handful of ice if desire
Add pure water if needed
Sprinkle with hemp seeds or chia seeds
Veggie vs Whey
If you’re having some of these troubles, dairy and whey could be the culprit. Try replacing with our Self-Made Builder or Burner Vegan Protein Powder
- Digestive trouble including constipation
We’d love to read your favorite veggie protein recipes!
Jennifer @ Self-made
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