Wanna Diet? Wanna Train’s Top 5# Vegetarian Protein Sources
Whilst the majority of people lean towards meat and fish as the usual go-to ingredients for a protein hit, more and more people are turning to alternative meat free diet plans and it got us thinking…. What are our top 5 protein ingredients for vegetarians?
Now before we get started, let us point out that the purpose of this blog is not to prescribe a healthy, balanced diet but is instead to detail the key macronutrient benefits of each ingredient. As always, please seek professional advice from allied health professionals before adopting dietary changes.
Let’s get into it. Starting with:
Originating in China, tofu seems to be a leading protein source for most vegetarians. Tofu is a food made from condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid white blocks in a process quite similar to cheesemaking. Tofu is high in protein and contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs, in conjunction with fats, carbs and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.
100g serving | Protein: 8 g | Carbs: 2g | Fats: 4 g
Chickpeas have an impressive nutritional profile as they contain a moderate 46 calories per serving. The majority of these calories are made up from the carbohydrate macronutrient in each serve. The remaining calories are made up of protein and fats.
100g serving | Protein: 7g | Carbs: 16g | Fat: 3g
Lentils as a protein source is a powerhouse offering plenty of bang for your buck. These are a great addition to curries, salads and tasty veggie burgers. Lentils, like all the other protein sources featured here, are gluten free.
100g serving | Protein: 8g | Carbs: 16g | Fat: 0g
#4 Peanut Butter
No, we are not talking about your staple delicious household peanut butter, we are talking about organic natural non preserved and no artificial colours or flavours. Peanut butter is jam packed with loads of healthy fats, fibre and protein.
100g Serving | Protein 30g | Carbs: 12g | Fat: 46g
Whilst cheese is a favourite amongst most homes and often over consumed there are some great health benefits to cheese such as ricotta and low-fat cottage cheese. Low carbohydrates and moderately low fats make these an ideal snack or additional ingredient that packs plenty of flavour into any meal.
100g Serving of Cottage Cheese | Protein: 11g | Carbs: 1g | Fat: 4.3g
These are just a handful of ingredients and suggestions and other options include nuts, milk, quinoa, and beans. So, do not be mistaken in thinking that a vegetarian diet lacks the protein sources that you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. There are loads of veggie options available at your local supermarket that can, in many cases, provide healthier benefits than meat products.
As always, keep an eye out for the many talented nutritionists listing their businesses on the Wanna Train app and don’t be afraid to send them a message as they will be more than happy to help out.
So, what do you say…? Wanna Diet?
Please Note: All nutritional values are supplied by our very own verified nutritional information database. Please note that this information is subject to change and variances in products may present conflicting nutritional values.