Beans and rice are a known source of protein in the vegan and vegetarian communities, but are there other options?

Definitely! In fact, Mother Nature offers us so many high quality sources of plant-based proteins, that I’ve decided to break it up, and make this post, Part One!

One of the things I really like about plant-based proteins, is that, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or meat eater, they can easily be included into your diet!

Each of the plant-based proteins that I’ve listed below (and that I’ll being sharing in this series), are considered Superfoods. So, not only are they great sources of bioavailable protein, but they’re nutrient dense as well. You really get, “the bang for the buck,” so to speak.

Best Ever Plant Based Protein Sources Part One - Sophisticated Booty

Best Ever Plant-Based Protein Sources – Part One

  • Did You Know?
  • Protein plays an essential role in our brain chemistry. Our brain needs protein in order to produce serotonin and dopamine; two brain hormones that have an affect on our moods, and the way we feel.

Note: I always recommend purchasing these products raw and/or organic. Also, keep in mind that, not all products (even if labelled “organic”) are of equal quality, so make sure to do your research!

AFA Blue Green Algae (from Klamath Lake). A superior source of plant based protein. Not only is it a complete protein, but it’s also nutrient dense. It’s an excellent source of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins (including vitamin C & B vitamins), and chlorophyll. It also contains phycocyanin which stimulates the production of stem cells.

Ways to Eat AFA Blue Green Algae: Its subtle flavor makes it easy to incorporate into any food or beverage. I prefer to use the powdered form of AFA blue green algae, but it’s also available as tablets and capsules. It goes great in smoothies, dips, spreads, vegetable salads, and salad dressings. Some other ideas include adding it to a sandwich, wrap, or burger.

Goji Berries. Are highly regarded in the Chinese medicinal system; they’re rated #1. Goji berries are a complete protein source. They’re also loaded with nutrients that promote longevity and overall health.

Ways to Eat Goji Berries: There are several ways you can enjoy these tasty protein packed berries. Add them to a bowl of cereal, yogurt, smoothies, vegetable salads, fruit salads, trail mix, raw energy bars, homemade chocolate, or any other way you can think of.

Chlorella. Is a complete protein source. It’s a green algae, so it’s rich in chlorophyll, making it an excellent source of magnesium. In addition to being a great protein source, chlorella is also a great heavy metal detoxifier. Which, I think, is really important in today’s world where we are constantly being exposed to heavy metal toxicity.

Ways to Eat Chlorella: You can buy chlorella in tablet, powder, or granular form. Use them in vegetable salads, juices, smoothies, salad dressings, trail mix (use chlorella tablets),raw energy bars, dips, and spreads.

Chia Seeds. Chia seeds have long been associated with stamina and energy. They are an excellent source of complete protein. The demulcent quality of chia seeds aid in a healthy digestive tract – keeping bowel movements regular and soothing digestive disturbances.

Ways to Eat Chia Seeds: You can eat chia seeds in a variety of ways. They make a great addition to a morning smoothie, protein shake, tea, or juice. You can also blend them into homemade salad dressings as a thickening agent, and a source of healthy omega-3’s and vitamin E. Chia seeds can also be sprouted and added to salads, wraps, and sandwiches.

As you can see, plant-based proteins can easily be included into your diet. All you have to do is start adding them in!

I hope you found this post helpful. And, I encourage you to try at least one or two of these amazing plant-based proteins!

Best of Health!


Please post a comment below, sharing the ways you’ve been enjoying these awesome plant-based proteins! And, keep your eyes out for Part Two!

*Information and statements regarding Nutrition, a Raw Food Diet, and  Superfoods have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

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