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By Jesse Haas, CNS, LN
Plant Proteins are sneaking their way into all kinds of unique products. Jesse Haas, certified nutritionist and founder of Wellness Minneapolis, talks about the benefits of plant proteins and rounding out a healthy diet.
Plant proteins come from beans, nuts, seeds, and to a lesser extent, whole grains. Plant proteins are higher in fiber and lower in fat than animal protein. They’re antioxidant powerhouses, especially dark-colored options, like kidney beans or black quinoa. That said, all foods bring something different to an eater, which is why variety is important to a healthy diet.
HOW DO PLANT PROTEINS IMPROVE MY HEALTH?
In addition to providing protein, plant foods are excellent sources of fiber, which keeps our digestion running smoothly. Nuts and seeds are also rich in unsaturated fats that bring mealtime satisfaction to the table, while promoting heart health. Choosing plant proteins also has a positive impact on the environment.
HOW DO I ADD PLANT PROTEINS TO MY DIET?
- Swap wheat or rice pasta for black bean, edamame or other bean pasta.
- Dip raw or roasted veggies in hummus, black bean or other bean dip.
- Make a meatless meal at least once a week using some of these great co-op products below.
- For protein on-the-go, shake up a plant protein powder with almond milk.
Smiling Hara Hempeh
This soy-free tempeh features peanuts and hemp seeds as its base for a hearty texture and savory flavor.
Explore Cuisine Pastas
A healthier alternative to regular pasta, naturally adding protein and fiber to your favorite Italian and Asian dishes.
Rebbl Protein Drink
Plant protein on the go! This is a great pre- or post-workout drink without animal products.
Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein
Add a boost to your smoothies with protein from peas, beans, lentils and cranberry seeds.
Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles
Soy-free, gluten-free, protein-packed perfection! These crumbles are excellent for tacos, pasta, and soups.
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