When consuming a properly combined balanced diet, plant-based diets offer more than enough protein.
What does that mean?
Basically, protein is made up of smaller components called amino acids. Some amino acids are manufactured by the human body, and others (called essential amino acids) must be obtained from food.
A complete protein is a protein that contains all of the essential amino acids (animal proteins such as red meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy are all complete proteins)
An incomplete protein is one that is low in one or more of the essential amino acids.
It sounds complex, but it’s actually really simple. When you combine legumes like beans, lentils, and peanuts with grains like corn, wheat and rice – a complete protein is created.
What are my favourite sources of plant based complete proteins?
Hummus and pita
Peanut butter on whole wheat toast/crackers
Rice and beans
Pictured are raw oat hemp seed balls, containing over 25g of pure plant protein for 3!
Recipe for raw oat hemp seed balls:
1 cup of raw oats
3 tbsp of nut & seed butter
3 tbsp of raw honey (or maple syrup)
4 tbsp of hemp seeds
2 tbsp of chia seeds
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
a couple dashes of cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and roll into small balls. Place in freezer for 10 minutes and enjoy!