This Is How You Pack More Protein Into Your Vegetarian Diet

This Is How You Pack More Protein Into Your Vegetarian Diet
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We've all heard that protein is vital toward building muscle and repairing muscle tissue. But if your diet has you skipping the grilled chicken and heading to the produce section, it can seem harder to find options. Many believe that it’s impossible to gain enough protein on a vegetarian or vegan diet, but it’s really just a myth. Keep reading to check out foods that will help you pack more protein into you green lifestyle.

Kale

Kale

This recently hyped cousin to collard greens packs a punch when it comes to protein, as well as Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Author of Superfood Smoothie, Julie Morris, told Time, “Cooked kale offers more iron per ounce than beef.” This is why this green gets the title of superfood. It’s jam packed with essential vitamins. You can use kale to blend into a green smoothie, as a substitute for lettuce in a salad, or sauteed with onions and mushrooms. There are many ways to cook kale, so go at it.

Coconut Meat

It’s surprising, but coconuts actually are a great source for protein. One medium coconut has more protein than 4 strips of bacon and is also rich in Iron and Vitamin C. To get the most out of this fruit, opt for eating the inside coconut meat over drinking coconut milk to obtain protein. This can be used in soups or blended and frozen to make coconut “ice cream”.

Vegan Protein Shake

If ever you feel that you’re not getting enough protein from fruits and veggies alone, there are many brands of protein shakes for vegans out there. The protein is derived from vegetables like brown rice and coconut and range in flavors from chocolate to vanilla and blueberry.

Veggie Burgers

There are veggie burgers available for vegetarian and vegans, however most of them aren’t vegan. Boca Vegan Burgers are vegan friendly and pack a lot of protein at 19 g. That’s more protein than a Burger King Hamburger! Certain veggie burgers can also be grilled, so you don’t have to miss out on the 4th of July BBQ chow.

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