By Sophie Pattihis
1. Quinoa: 11g Protein / Cup. A grain like seed, quinoa is a high protein alternative to rice or pasta, served alone or over vegetables and greens. It provides a good base for a veggie burger and is also a fantastic breakfast cereal when served cold with almond or coconut milk and berries.
2. Lentils: 17.9g Protein / Cup. Delicious, nutritious and super easy to prepare, adds bulk and body to meals.
3. Beans (Black, Kidney, Mung, Pinto): 12-15g Protein / Cupa great addition to most meals, adds flavour, richness and bulk.
4. Spirulina: 6g Protein / 10 grams. A blue-green algae, spirulina is a highly bioavailable complete protein containing all essential amino acids. At 60% protein (the highest of any natural food), it’s a plant-based protein powerhouse that finds it way into my Vitamix blends daily.
5. Chlorella algae is approximately 60% to 70% protein, and unlike other plant-based protein, algae's protein is complete and is thus ideal for humans. The reason it is said to be superior is, It contains 19 naturally occurring amino acids. Including all eight essentials: isoleucinc,leucine,methionine,phenylalanlne,threonine.tryptophan and valine. Making it a complete or superior protein. Amino acids are essential for tissue and cell regeneration, and with their co-factor vitamins and minerals, in the maintenance of our metabolic pathways. The only other source of complete protein, is meat and it is approximately 20% protein.
Ounce for ounce chlorella has three times more protein than meat. One tablespoon of chlorella powder contains as much food value as an ounce of steak Chlorella is a group of one-celled plants, containing no true root, stem or leaf. This particular fresh-water, single celled microscopic plant contains a host of health building nutrients. Algae is nature's method of cleaning up impure water. Chlorella does the same thing in the human body. Chlorella pulls out toxins and impurities while at the same time gives the body the nutrients which will help it heal itself.
6. Hemp Seeds: 16g Protein / 3 tbsp. With a perfect ration of omega-6 and omega-3 EFA’s, hemp seeds are another bioavailable complete protein rivaled only by spirulina. A simple and great addition to a multitude of dishes, from breakfast cereal to salads to smoothies to vegetables and rice.
7. Maca Power contains 14.6% protein. This is because the amino acid proteins have not been denatured at any stage of the processing.
8. Sprouts of all kinds
9. Pumpkin seeds, ¼ cup – 8 grams
10. Bee pollen does not have the same composition as flower pollen. The substance sold as a supplement, is a blend that bees make by mixing the pollen they collect with nectar and their saliva. In general, 1 tsp. of bee pollen has 1.21 g of protein -- equal to around 2 percent of a man's daily intake.