Best Vegetarian Protein Sources

By: Natasha Uspensky

The first thing everyone asks me about when transitioning into a plant-based diet is, “Where will I get my protein?”  Great news, people! There a tons of delicious vegetarian protein sources that are naturally lower in saturated, unhealthy fats and cholesterol (not to mention toxins, antibiotics, hormones, and other additives) than their plant-based counterparts.  A well-rounded plant-based diet with plenty of delicious vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds is naturally high in protein.  Getting your protein from plant-based sources decreases your risk of cancer and heart disease, increases life expectancy, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and a million other benefits! Check out these amazing sources of vegan protein in the chart below!

Photo: MercyForAnimals.org

Other great vegetarian sources of protein are:

  • Organic eggs
  • Organic greek yogurt
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Whole grain bread

What are you favorite vegetarian protein sources?  Share in the comments below!

5 Comments
  • Alison @ The Fit Chronicles
    June 7, 2013

    Thanks for the link! Great post!

  • Rebecca
    June 8, 2013

    Great post – it’s one of the most important parts of your diet and one that you can easily forget about when you move to plant based.

    PS thanks for including us 🙂

  • Jamie
    July 5, 2013

    I love organic plant based protein powders! I’ve tried Sunwarrior, which I like for flavor, but my new choice is Perfect Plant Protein because it is USDA certified organic AND it tastes great 🙂

    • Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
      July 7, 2013

      Thanks for the input, Jamie! We also love SunWarrior, but we’ll give Perfect Plant Protein a try for sure!

  • Rachel
    July 8, 2013

    As long as I’ve been vegetarian people always ask me about my protein levels 🙂 I’m a bit of a peanut butter addict but I also love soy beans aka edamame. Either steamed or thrown on a salad they are so versatile and so good.

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