The Myth About Protein

The Myth About Protein

It never fails when I am talking to someone about a whole food plant based diet, the first question I get is “but how do you get your protein?”. So many think the only way to get protein is from an animal source, but ask yourself “how do plant eating mammals live off a plant based diet?” Just like the elephants running wild in Africa (and they need to eat a lot for their size) we also get the right amount of protein off a whole foods plant based diet. And before you say “but that’s incomplete protein” the latest research shows that there is no such thing as incomplete protein. Protein is protein, a series of amino acids that our bodies combine to build the hormones, muscles, cells, and bones that make up our bodies. Below is a list of food you can eat to get the protein your body needs.

  • Organic Edamame: 18 g per 1-cup serving
  • Organic Tofu: 8 to 15 g per 3 oz serving
  • Lentils: 9 g per ½-cup serving
  • Black Beans: 7.6 g per ½-cup serving (cooked)
  • Lima Beans: 7.3 g per ½-cup serving (cooked)
  • Peanuts or Peanut Butter: 7 g per ¼-cup serving (or 2 Tbsp peanut butter)
  • Wild Rice: 6.5 g per 1-cup serving (cooked)
  • Chickpeas: 6 g per ½-cup serving
  • Almonds: 6 g per ¼-cup serving
  • Chia Seeds: 6 g per 2 Tbsp
  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal: 5 g in ¼-cup serving (dry)
  • Cashews: 5 g per ¼-cup serving
  • Pumpkin Seeds: 5 g per ¼-cup serving
  • Potatoes: 4 g in 1 medium white potato
  • Spinach: 3 g per ½-cup serving (cooked)
  • Organic Corn: 2.5 g per ½-cup serving
  • Avocado: 2 g per ½ avocado
  • Broccoli: 2 g per ½-cup serving (cooked)
  • Brussels Sprouts: 2 g per ½-cup serving
  • Quinoa: 8 g per 1 cup
  • Kale: 2.9 g per 1 cup
  • Mushrooms: 3 g per 1 cup (whole)
  • Artichokes: 4.2 g per 1 medium
  • Asparagus: 2.9 g per 1 cup