Whether you eat a plant-based diet, want to try out a new protein source, or are just keen to find out what the hype is about, there’s lots to know about the different plant based alternatives when it comes to choosing a protein powder.
Here’s what you need to know about each and which one may be the best for you.
Gaining increasing popularity and exposure, Hemp Protein is protein that comes from the same plant that offers us Hemp seeds. Hemp seeds and hemp protein not only offer an excellent, accessible protein source, but they are also high in Omega 3, and essential fatty acid that is required in the body for good brain function, good digestion, skin health and much more. This fat is only available in a handful of plant foods, making it an important focus point for those people not choosing to consume meat.
Who knew, that peas could be one of the best forms of protein? Made from yellow and green split peas, pea protein is an environmentally sustainable source of protein that is high in fiber and has a high ratio of protein availability per serving. It is high in iron and allergen friendly, making it a good choice for people who are not only vegan, but also those who regularly suffer from allergies or who simply want a better bang for their buck when it comes to the amount of protein they are getting.
Pumpkin Seed Protein
Pumpkin seeds get a shout out because of their additional nutritional properties in addition to being a viable source of plant protein. Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are rich in zinc and iron. They are also anti-parasitic and the protein that is made from these seeds tastes good too!
Did you know that there is protein in leafy green vegetables? In fact, many vegetables contain protein, which is why vegans can easily obtain enough protein from their diet, despite not eating any animal derived protein sources. Leafy greens however, are a particularly good source because of all of the additional nutrients they provide. They are high in antioxidants and B vitamins for energy and stress relief; they are a source of magnesium, important for adrenal function and electrolyte balance, and are rich in fibre. Whether you fill up on whole food greens, or invest in a quality greens powder, you will be getting a source of protein, and a big nutrient boost at the same time!
While adding protein powder to the diet isn’t essential, many people choose to do so. In essence, it is possible to get the protein you need when consuming a whole foods diet that is rich in vegetables and fruit. Relying on these and whole grains will fill you up, and putting in plant-based protein sources will help you feel satiated as well. Together these things will reduce your hunger and cravings and help with weight loss.
By: Laura Peill, RHN, BScH