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.
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.
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.
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!
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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