protein It’s a word that in today’s society means everything. Over the past few years we’ve become increasingly obsessed with incorporating more protein into our diets and more recently there has been a growing interest in animal-free protein sources. Whether you’re avegan, vegetarian or full on meat eater, we can all benefit from plant-based protein sources. They’re a great way to bulk up and reinvent a dish, as well as generally being lower in saturated fat and a ‘cleaner’ source of protein than chicken, beef etc. Julian Gaine, inventor of revolutionary portion control kitchen gadget MealKitt shares his top six plant-based proteins:
Lentils contain the highest percentage of protein found in any plant-based food, with 100g of lentils containing 26g of protein. They are a good source of essential amino acids and are a great substitute in most dishes, especially those which are heavily seasoned as they absorb flavours well and are very filling.
Spirulina is a type of algae that can be grown in both salt and fresh water, but is most commonly consumed in the form of a dried powder. Just 1 teaspoon of this powder is just 20 calories and contains 4g protein, and has a variety of other beneficial nutrients, including both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities. It is best consumed by adding it to a smoothie or protein shake to boost the nutrient levels.
Hemp Seeds are a great protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein. This is higher than foods within its category such as flaxseeds and chia seeds. Hemp seeds are also a source of healthy fats, including both omega 3 and omega 6 oils. Sprinkle them in a salad instead of nuts or make your own dairy-free hemp seed milk buy combining with water in a blender and straining.