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VEGAINZ: The 5 best foods for plant-based protein

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It seems like 2019 is the year of the plant, with more people joining the vegan gang every day. In fact, it’s growing so much that even the fast-food chains are taking note, with McDonalds and even KFC looking at vegan alternatives for their menu!

But, enough about the junk food. We want to talk muscle growth.

Obviously, the main ingredient we need, to grow our muscles, is protein. However, there seems to be a stigma with vegans and muscle growth. It seems that a lot of people are confused on how vegans get that much-needed protein.

So, in this article, we are going to list you our 5 favourite plant-based products for them gains- the vegainz!

Each of the plant-based foods, below, have a high-protein content ½ cup per serving (approx 90g):

 

Soy Products (Tofu etc.)

When it comes to vegainz, Soy foods, such as tofu, tempeh, and edamame are extremely popular. The reason for this is that soy products are among the richest sources of protein in a vegan diet.

Firm Tofu contains around 10g per ½ cup. While Edamame beans reach 8.5g of protein. But, the richest of all the soy family is Tempeh – with 15g protein per ½ cup.

Tofu is arguably the most popular soy product as it works as a meat substitute, especially in salads or curries. However, they’re all great. All are rich in protein and have high levels of calcium – meaning your bones will be strong, too.

 

Chickpeas

While chickpeas can be eaten either hot or cold, to get the most protein intake, you want to opt for the cooked version. Cooked chickpeas contain around 7g of protein per ½ cup.

Add them to your stew or – better yet – create your very own healthy hummus – it’s the perfect alternative if you love butter on your sandwiches.

 

Peanuts

Probably one we vegan product we all know is full of protein are Peanuts. You may have come across many diet plans, which include peanut butter. The reason for this is that Peanuts contain healthy fats and are roughly 20.5g per ½ cup.

 

Almonds

While we are on the nut section, we can’t miss out the tasty Almonds. Some prefer Almonds rather than Peanuts. They contain roughly 17g of protein per ½ cup, which is a little less than the Peanut, but they’re rich in Vitamin E. So, if your skin needs some love, choose Almond!  

 

Seitan

It’s name may sound like the devil, himself, but Seitan is an angel for that Vegan protein fix! The high-wheat content in Seitan means it’s not for the Gluten free people, but, for others it contains a whopping 21g per ⅓ cup.

It tops our vegan list and is a must for building protein!

 

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Foods You NEED in your diet

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There are hundreds of articles online that will talk to you on “easy” or “quick fixes” to burn fat and become the most ripped person on the planet. The majority of them are bull.

They will try and bluff their way into saying you can transform into an absolute shredded machine in just two weeks – no matter what condition you’re currently in.

The reality is it takes time. Just like everything worthwhile.

Something that we always tell people is that this is a lifestyle change. Not a diet. Not a two week fix. A lifestyle.

So, with that being said, here are a few key foods that you should add to your lifestyle, in order to help burn fat.

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Fatty Fish

One of the best foods for shifting fat is fish – especially fatty fish. You have so many options, too – Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel – any fish that is rich in Omega 3.

The beauty about fish is it helps in more ways than one. Yes, this article is focusing on foods that help burn fat, but, fish also reduces the risk of heart disease – something we can all be happy with.

To boost your fat loss regime and to protect your heart, try to add fish into your meals at least 2 or 3 times a week.

 

healthy eating bristolCoffee

We simply don’t start a morning without it. Coffee has been our wakeup call for a long time and with good reason. Not only does it help inject life into our metabolism from the get-go, it also helps enhance our mood and improve mental and physical performance.

For fat burning, aim for between 1-2 cups of coffee a day. Try not to overdo it though, as coffee overload can bring a number of side effects including anxiety and sleepless nights.

 

Green Tea

Green tea has been a popular weight loss and detox beverage for many years. Studies suggest that it may help reduce heart disease risk and protect against certain types of cancer.

We have read a number of articles that go against the Green Tea benefits, but, in our opinion, we only see good things from drinking 2-3 cups a day.

One big benefit is that it helps to clean out your system, adding more water and healthy vitamins into your diet. It will also curb and cravings throughout the day, thus keeping you on track to your goals.

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Protein shakes

Protein is always mentioned in weight loss articles. The reason for this is due to protein helping to fuel muscle as well as not adding fat.

Something we swear by, with our workout programs, are protein shakes. Protein shakes help combine muscle growth with fat loss – the perfect combination.

Whey protein is also great for minimising any cravings you may have. Within minutes of having a protein shake, you will feel much more full. This helps to curb them bad habits of snacking on sweets and heavy carb foods.

Don’t forget, the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn in normal day-to-day activities. So, try not to avoid weight lifting during your fat loss plan. It’s just as effective as cardio in many senses.

 

 

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