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Plant-Based Protein

Alixe Faubert

Feb 13, 2023

As some of the world is shifting by starting to prioritize plant-based protein, it’s important to understand the benefits. We’ll take a closer look at what plant-based protein is, why it’s important, and the best sources!

What is Plant-Based Protein?

Plant-based protein refers to protein that comes from plant sources, as opposed to animal sources. Examples of plant-based protein sources include legumes (e.g. beans, lentils, chickpeas), grains (e.g. quinoa, rice, wheat), nuts and seeds (e.g. almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds), and vegetables (e.g. broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts).

Why is Plant-Based Protein Important?

Protein is essential for building and repairing the body’s tissues, making hormones, and supporting immune function. For individuals who follow a plant-based diet, it’s important to ensure that they are getting enough protein to support these functions. Plant-based protein can also be a good alternative to animal-based protein for individuals who are looking to reduce their consumption of animal products for ethical, environmental, or health reasons.

Best Sources of Plant-Based Protein

Legumes: Legumes are one of the best sources of plant-based protein, as they are high in both protein and fiber. Some of the best sources of legume-based protein include lentils, black beans, chickpeas, and peas.

Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds are also high in protein, with almonds and pumpkin seeds being some of the best sources. Chia seeds and hemp seeds are also great sources of plant-based protein, as they contain all of the essential amino acids that the body needs to build protein.

Grains: Grains like quinoa, bulgur, and amaranth are good sources of plant-based protein, as they are high in both protein and fiber. Whole grains are also an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy throughout the day. (See my other blog post for more information!)

Vegetables: Some vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and brussels sprouts, are also good sources of plant-based protein. While they are not as high in protein as legumes, nuts, or grains, they are still a great source of nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants.

In conclusion, plant-based protein is an important part of a healthy diet and can provide many health benefits. Whether you’re following a plant-based diet or just looking to add more plant-based protein to your diet, there are many delicious and nutritious sources of plant-based protein available. So go ahead, try something new and get creative!

About the author

Alixe Faubert
Plant-Based Nutrition, Intuitive Eating, Gut Health
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After dealing with my own gut issues, food sensitivities, and mindset obstacles, I was inspired to study holistic health. Although I was always interested in health and wellness growing up as an athlete, I suffered from a severe concussion at 15 and this was a pivotal moment for me in my health journey. I realized the link between all aspects of health, how our body keeps the score, and how our pain, gut problems, and patterns can be traced back to specific moments. I work with clients by looking at all aspects of health (“food off the plate”) as well as nutrition and mindset to find an approach to empower them to take back their health and feel their most confident selves. My coaching method starts by Identifying your "WHY", beliefs, and patterns. Then, we will Reflect on your blocks. Lastly, by working together we will create actionable steps to incorporate into your life, and shortly after, YOU will Become.

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