As a raw vegan, if I had a dollar for every person who asked me “where do you get your protein?” I’d probably have a down payment for a car by now!
Did you know that every single fruit and vegetable you eat has protein? Protein is the big buzz word at the moment. Many people are gravitating towards consuming protein from plant-based sources as they are realising the sheer importance of eating more fruits and vegetables for optimal health.
Benefits of plant-based sources of protein include being low in saturated fat, easy to digest and assimilate, free of growth hormones and antibiotics, alkaline forming and good for the environment.
Here I’ve listed five foods that will not only provide a protein hit, but will fill your body with beautiful minerals and vitamins to help you look and feel your best.
Plant-based sources of protein
Gasp! Fruit has protein!? Yes. Many fruits contain between 4-8% protein and are a source of complete protein. This means they contain all eight essential amino acids. Two cups of watermelon contains two grams of protein. Eat watermelon as is, juice it or blend it up in a smoothie. And for an extra tip, chew the watermelon seeds for an extra protein hit.
Eating a variety of greens will ensure you will receive all the essential amino acids plus many other minerals, chlorophyll and fibre. Two cups of kale contain four grams of protein. I love to add kale when I do juicing or blend it into smoothies with fruit.
Corn packs a solid protein punch. Corn contains about 4.5 grams of protein per cup. Best eaten raw, you can use a serrated knife to cut the kernels off and toss them in a salad to provide a sweet and crunchy texture. Or simply eat it straight off the cob.
Hemp seeds are said to be the superior source of protein in the plant kingdom. This is because they contain edestin, which is a form of protein that is similar to that in the human body, therefore making it perfectly suited to meet the body’s cellular needs (aiding in DNA repair). Hemp seeds are also the only food known to have the perfect balance of Omegas 3, 6 and 9. Add these babies to salads or smoothies.
Avocados provide 18 amino acids, plus seven fatty acids, including Omega 3 and 6. Avocados contain more protein than cow’s milk, about 2% per edible portion. A small avocado will provide more usable protein than a steak because cooked protein in meat is deranged and mostly unavailable to our liver, the organ which makes all of our body’s protein. Add avocado to your salads or smoothies for a creamy texture.
And there you have it – five sources of raw plant protein that are brimming with fully live enzymes, minerals and vitamins which contribute to you feeling healthy, happy and energised.