7 Gluten Free Sources of Vegan Protein (That Aren't Tofu)
1. Banza Pasta
First off, I had to share one of my favorite gluten free pastas lately: Banza. I first discovered this brand when a box was included in my monthly Love With Food delivery (PSA: if you've never heard of Love With Food, check out my in-depth reviews here and here!). More recently, Banza contacted me about receiving free products in return for a review...and, of course, I couldn't type "yes" quick enough.
|Banza = bumpin' up the flavors!|
2. Chia Seeds
If I had to list the foods I always eat everyday, chia seeds would be at the top of the list. True, I had never heard of chia seeds before my celiac diagnosis, but once I met Mamma Chia, I've never looked back.
|My fave pancakes...|
3. All the beans!
I've written about the magic of beans before, but this post wouldn't be complete without mentioning them as a source of vegan protein. When I first started eating beans, my stomach was not a fan (and I think you can fill in the blanks on what I'm talking about). However, I kept eating just small amounts of beans along with small amounts of meat/fish, and my stomach slowly adapted.
|My latest love...|
4. YoFiit Nutritional Bars
When you hear the phrase "protein bars," you probably don't think of "vegan" right after. While there are certainly plenty of bars relying on whey or other dairy/animal-based proteins, though, vegan protein bars are becoming more common.
|In smoothies and granola!|
5. Nuts and seeds
Speaking of snacks, nuts and seeds are perhaps the easiest way to snack on plant based protein. While all nuts and seeds provide a degree of protein, some superstars include:
- Pumpkin seeds - 28.8 grams of protein per 100 grams of seeds
- Peanuts - 24.4 grams of protein per 100 grams
- Pistachios - 21 grams of protein per 100 grams
- Almonds - 21.2 grams of protein per 100 grams
- Sunflower seeds - 19.3 grams of protein per 100 grams
|Pesto + roasted potato wedges = <3|
6. Quinoa and Buckwheat
Now, both of these function as grains but are actually seeds - making them delicious, protein-packed alternatives to rice. In particular, quinoa offers 4.4 grams of protein per 100 grams (along with high levels of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and folate) while buckwheat boasts 3.4 grams of protein as well as plenty of manganese, magnesium, and copper.
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*I received products from Banza and YoFiit in return for an honest review. However, all opinions, recipes and photographs are my own.*
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