These Are The Best Plant-Based Protein Sources, Say Experts

Smith believes this little bean is high in protein and other nutrients."Lentils are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and bio-nutrients." Their versatility as a topping, side, or main meal is impressive.

Pistachios include 6 grams of complete plant protein per serving, therefore I suggest them "Jones explains. She adds that in-shell varieties—with all the breaking and peeling to get to the nutty goodness—are a more attentive, satisfying snack.

Quinoa, a seed, is one of the finest protein sources in cereals (sorry, white rice!). I cook a huge amount of quinoa ahead of time to use in salads, grain bowls, and stuffed peppers for lunch and supper.

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Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are another legume that tops experts' lists, whether roasted for a snack or combined into a creamy hummus spread.

Never tossed hemp seeds into your cart? Jones suggests starting now because they're high in protein. "Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds and offer 10 grams of protein per serving," adds. 

Tofu is prepared by coagulating soy milk and pressing the curds into a block. It may be used as a hard meat substitute or a silky egg or dairy alternative. But don't allow that sweet description stop you from growing muscle.

Jones advises pre-cooked soy beans for a post-workout snack as they have all the advantages of soy but are easier to pack. 

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