Vegan protein source #9: QuinoaFoxys Forest Manufacture/Shutterstock
Though touted as a “high protein grain,” quinoa is actually a seed and is not as high in protein as you might think, although it is on the list of complete proteins that aren’t meat. One-half cup of cooked quinoa contains 4 grams of protein. Quinoa is typically used as a replacement for rice, which has half the amount of protein for the same portion, so quinoa is a better choice. Naturally gluten-free, it’s perfect in salads, sides, and more delicious vegan dishes. Try quinoa-stuffed bell peppers as a tasty dinner entrée, or experiment with other creative quinoa recipes. Quinoa also works well in baked goods.
Vegan protein source #8: FarroBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock
This ancient grain packs a decent amount of protein when compared to other grains in the American diet. One-half cup of cooked farro provides 7 grams of protein and a whopping 7 grams of fiber. Naturally rich in iron, a nutrient even nutritionists don’t get enough of, farro is an excellent source of nutrition for vegans. Use farro like you would use any other cooked grain—as a base for cooked Asian vegetables, an addition to your favorite soup, or topped with berries and almond milk for a delicious breakfast.