Our Favorite Plant-Based ProteinsBy Tone It Up on
We talk all the time about the major perks of protein. This powerhouse macronutrient supports your post-workout recovery, helps you form lean muscle, energizes you, and boosts your metabolism — we could go on about it forever!
When we say ”lean protein,” you may think of animal proteins like chicken, turkey, and fish. We love those, but we are also huge fans of plant-based proteins. They are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, they’re perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who is looking to switch things up or live a more plant-based lifestyle.
Check out some of our favorite plant-based proteins!
Of course we had to start with our all-time favorite! Tone It Up Protein delivers 15 grams of clean protein per serving. It’s made with a blend of pea and chia proteins combined with oat milk for a smooth and creamy taste. While many other proteins contain whey — a byproduct of dairy that can cause bloating and stomach issues — Tone It Up Protein is completely plant-based. It’s also non-GMO, gluten-free, and made with nothing artificial. Use it in smoothies, overnight oats, pancakes, muffins, cookies, and more!
Quinoa is a complete protein source, meaning it provides the nine essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce on their own. It delivers 4 grams of protein in a half-cup serving, plus it has nearly twice as much fiber as grains. Its high fiber and protein content give it a lower glycemic index than grains too, so it won’t spike your blood sugar and cause you to crash later. Use it as a substitute for pasta, rice, and oats. We also love it thrown in salads and chili!
Chia seeds are made up of 20% protein, which means that a 2 Tbsp.-serving contains 4 grams of your essential amino acids. Bonus: they are also a great source of hearty-healthy Omega-3s. Add them to smoothies, salads, fruit, or oatmeal, and use them to make chia pudding with almond milk. Let chill in the fridge for 2 hours and voilà! So easy!
Hemp seeds are a complete protein that are also high in good fats and satisfying fiber. They are one of the most nutrient complete foods on the planet and one of the only foods to contain chlorophyll, which can boost your energy levels and make your skin glow. Sprinkle these seeds on salads and toss into veggies for a nutty crunch.
Tofu & tempeh
Tofu and tempeh are both made from soybeans. In addition to being a complete protein, tempeh is also high in fiber. A 6 oz.-serving of tofu contains about 15 grams of protein. A similar serving of tempeh contains slightly more protein. Try to limit soy intake to a couple of times a week.
Legumes are vegetables like peas, beans, and lentils that are high in protein and fiber. A half-cup serving contains 10 grams of protein. They are also a great source of iron, zinc, potassium, folate, riboflavin, and antioxidants. We love lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and pinto beans!
Grab your Tone It Up Protein at Target, H-E-B, Vitamin Shoppe, and Kroger (and Kroger affiliates including King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Mariano’s, Dillons, Smith’s, and Fry’s). You can find a store near you HERE! You can also stock up in the TIU Shop!