Finding Veggie Protein Sources Can Be a Struggle

Beans Are A Great Source of Vegetable Protein (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What is Vegetable Protein?

Protein is an essential macronutrient that our body needs to function properly. We cannot live without it. Proteins are made up of 20 amino acids, and 9 of them cannot be generated by our bodies. They must come from the food that we eat.

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How to Gain Lean Muscle on a Vegetarian Diet

While a plant-based diet obviously looks a bit different, some rules-of-thumb remain the same. If you are looking to gain lean muscle while losing fat, these tips will help you.

Vegetable Protein Can Help You Get Leaner Muscles (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Eat Protein Throughout The Day

You need to be eating vegetable protein at each meal. Take your allotted protein for the day and split it up into your meals for the day for optimal muscle growth. You can find protein in many ingredients, even as a vegetarian. For starters:

  • Beans and lentils
  • Dairy products
  • Soy products
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts & seeds

Eat Your Carbs

Don’t be afraid of them! If you limit carbs, you won’t have the energy needed to perform at the gym. The key is making sure they are the right carbohydrates. You want the low-glycemic carbohydrates that don’t spike your blood sugar, like quinoa or brown rice. Save your fast-digesting carbs like potatoes and white rice for post-workout, to replenish your muscles’ glycogen stores so they can start rebuilding.

Eat Complementary Proteins

Like we discussed earlier, proteins are made up of 20 amino acids. By eating two complementary proteins, you can feed your body all 20 amino acids at once. Most plant-based proteins are incomplete, except for soy, hemp, and quinoa, whereas all animal proteins are complete.

Get Enough Protein Throughout Your Day By Eating Nuts And Seeds (Image Source: Pexels)
  • Nut butters and whole grain bread
  • Lentil & barley
  • Oats & almonds
  • Beans & rice

Get Enough Iron

There are plenty of plants with significant levels of iron. However, our bodies don’t absorb iron from plants like it absorbs iron from animal proteins. If you don’t eat enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy blood cells that help it carry oxygen throughout the body. An iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which has its own set of serious problems.

Best 3 Vegetable Protein Sources for Muscle Growth

Soybeans

There are 14 grams of protein in a half cup of soybeans. They also have a substantial amount of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, including iron.

Soybeans Have Vegetable Protein That Helps With Muscle Growth (Image Source: Pixabay)

Black Beans

Many different types of beans come packed with protein, but black beans are one of the better options. Not only are they high in protein; they are also high in magnesium, iron, fiber, and B-vitamins. 1 cup of black beans packs 14 grams of protein. They are low-fat, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, fat-free, and sugar-free.

Black Beans Have High Vegetable Protein Content, You Have To Try Them Too! (Image Source: Pixabay)

Edamame

Edamame is composed of soybeans that have not yet matured. They are good on almost anything, and are a lovely snack with just a little bit of salt.

Need A Quick Snack? Edamame Is A Good Choice, It’s Also A Natural Source of Vegetable Protein (Image Source: Pixabay)

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