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The Best High Protein Vegan Foods

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If you are a vegan, vegetarian, or someone looking for high protein vegan food, then you have come to the right place!

Big Mountain Foods creates a lineup of products that are both packed with protein and really healthy in general.  And that’s because they’re loaded with wholesome real ingredients. Things that are naturally high in protein like broccoli, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and split peas to name a few.  This makes for a very high protein vegan foods.  

There is a common misconception about a plant-based diet or a vegan or vegetarian diet.  And that is that they lack sufficient protein.  Since a large group of the people who do enjoy our products, do it for health reasons, we think it is important to dispel some of those myths. 

If you think of a high protein diet who do you think needs it the most?  Perhaps an athlete trying to increase muscle mass or someone trying to cutting out fat and carbs replacing it with protein, in an effort to lose some weight.  Whatever your reason is, we all need it because a high protein diet is crucial for optimal health.  And many experts agree that a plant-based diet will provide you with all the nutrients and protein you need.  That said, certain plants contain significantly more protein than others.

So what plant foods are good sources of protein?

When you rely solely on plant-based proteins you will be looking for legumes such as beans, dried peas, lentils, and soybeans.  In addition, you can also find those plant-based proteins in whole grains, nuts, and if your goal is to avoid eating meat or animal products, make sure you have some of these plant-based proteins at every meal and snack.

Here is a fun fact.

Did you know that broccoli contains more protein per calorie than a steak?  While spinach (per calorie) is about equal to chicken or fish.  Of course, this requires quite a bit of veggie eating but it just shows that vegetables are no slouch, there’s a reason they call many of them superfoods!

Here is a beginners shopping list to get you started ensuring you are getting all the essential amino acids and complete protein requirements to function optimally on a plant-based or vegan diet.

Legumes & Beans: Chickpeas, black beans, garbanzo beans, edamame beans, white beans, soybeans, lentils, split peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, navy beans, and lima beans to name a few.

Grains: Look for quinoa, wild rice, couscous, oatmeal, buckwheat, and whole wheat.

Vegan High Protein Products

Nuts: Almonds, peanuts, peanut butter, almond butter, nut butters, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, pine nuts, and brazil nuts.

Seeds: Chia Seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, and sesame seed,

Vegetables: Broccoli, spinach, green peas, brussels sprouts, asparagus, avocados, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, bok choy, kale, and cauliflower. 

How many grams of protein should I consume in a day?

If you are looking for an exact answer that is tough due to conflicting opinions.  But in general, you could say around one gram per kilo (2.2 lbs) of body weight per day.  If it is vital for you to get an exact number, you could always contact a nutritionist and they can calculate it based on your personal activity level, age, gender, muscle mass, and a few other factors. The easiest way to ensure you are getting enough protein in your diet is by choosing the foods which contain the essential amino acids that your body needs.  Amino acids are considered the building blocks of protein, and it is those proteins that in turn play a critical role in your body.  It is common for someone on a vegan diet to be worried they are not getting enough sources of protein, but as long as you are eating plant-based options considered high in protein such as quinoa, and legumes (Legumes are a class of vegetables that includes, peas, and lentils) you shouldn’t have to track your intake. Considering you are healthy, and trying to stay that way… eating meals such as a Green Goddess Bowl should ensure your intake is at an optimal range.

Fitness and nutrition coach Claire Buchanan opens up on our YouTube Channel by explaining how much she “loves the Big Mountain Food products because they are not only high in protein but it is so versatile and so easy to incorporate into your meal preps.”
Check out the video and you can watch as Chef Kaide Tighe creates the Green Goddess Bowl.  View the entire recipe here. This bowl is packed with goodness and about 20 grams of protein per serving.   In addition to the Cauli Crumble  this recipe also uses the Mushroom Bites.  Named “mighty” for a reason as they provide 4 grams per 2 “bites”.  Even the front of the box makes it clear… they have tons of protein. 

The type of mushrooms used in the Mmm Mighty mushroom bites is the shiitake mushroom.  This is an ingredient that contains many of the same amino acids as meat.  Shiitake mushrooms have other great compounds that can help boost your heart health and lower cholesterol. The bottom line is you will find many ingredients in Big Mountain Foods are an excellent source of essential amino acids along with amazing sources of protein.

Check out the protein packed goodness in all our products!

6 grams of protein per serving (75 grams) or 28.8 grams of protein per package.
6 grams of protein per serving (75 grams) or 28.8 grams of protein per package.
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6 grams of protein per serving (75 grams) or 28.8 grams of protein per package.
6 grams of protein per serving (75 grams) or 28.8 grams of protein per package.
6 grams of protein per serving (2 pieces) or 30 grams of protein per box.
11 grams of protein per serving (85 grams) or 44 grams of protein per box.
11 grams of protein per serving (85 grams) or 44 grams of protein per box.

What is protein anyway and why is it so important to a vegan diet?

Proteins are the main building blocks of your body. A structural molecule compromising of amino acids, many of which your body won’t produce on its own. Muscles are largely made of protein and besides that, they are also used for tendons, organs, and skin, as well as enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and various molecules that serve many important functions. At Big Mountain Foods we wanted to give you a plant based option to get all those vitamins, fiber, and amino acids into your body without having to look for soy products. It’s a real simple choice. No bull. Allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. Good Food. Healthy food that actually tastes amazing.  For many people who have allergens, we are the only choice  to get in those grams per day.  Now although all our products are made in a nut-free facility those who are able to consume nuts might be curious which ones are high in protein, so here is a quick list.

• Almonds | Protein: 7 grams per 1/4-cup (35-gram) serving of almonds
•Walnuts | Protein: 4.5 grams per 1/4-cup (29-gram) serving of chopped walnuts
•Pistachios | Protein: 6 grams per 1/4-cup (30-gram) serving of pistachios
•Cashews | 5 grams per 1/4 cup (32 grams) of cashews
•Pine nuts | 4.5 grams per 1/4 cup (34 grams) of pine nuts
•Brazil nuts | Peanuts | 9.5 grams per 1/4-cup (37-gram) serving
 

Our Promise To You

In a world where opinions on what’s healthy are always changing, we stick to what we know: that real food is always the best. Our family heritage comes with a responsibility: to stay true to our principles of sourcing local, cruelty-free and sustainable, plant-based ingredients. And then we go ahead and make it with care. Because that’s what goes into really good food.We have a saying around here that says “food you can pronounce, unless of course… your mouth is full!” And that’s because our great-tasting healthy food is not filled with mysterious ingredients.

Pick up anyone of our boxes or packages and read the ingredients.  You will find Yellow Split Peas, Broccoli, Carrots, Red Pepper, Sunflower Seeds, Cauliflower, Green Peas, Red Pepper, Sunflower Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds,Canadian Hemp Seeds.

Seeds are a wonderful source of protein and source of fiber.  Sprinkle them on salads, stir them into healthy bowls and enjoy the gluten-free option to get all those nutrients into your body. Chia seeds are amazing and contain close to 2 grams of protein per tablespoon. They are also full of important nutrients for people on a plant-based diet, things like calcium, iron, and zinc.

Hemp seeds are another food we really love and that is because they are nutritional powerhouses containing almost as much protein as soybeans. In every 30 grams of hemp seeds, or about 3 tablespoons, there are about 9.5 grams of protein.

Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, meaning that they provide all 9 essential amino acids.  Hemp seeds have a nearly perfect balance of omega 3 to omega 6, plus iron, vitamin E, and are widely considered the most nutritionally complete food source in the world.  Since few plant-based foods are complete sources of protein.  Hemp seeds are a valuable addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Check out all of our recipes to find out what to do with these plant-based protein-packed foods.

Click any of the images below to see our vegan recipes!

Featured Recipe:

Vegan Protein-Packed Bowl | The Green Goddess Featuring Mmm Mighty Mushroom Bites & Cauli Crumble Veggie Grounds 20 grams of protein per meal A donair in a bowl with a fresh Mediterranean vibe. If you are looking for high protein vegan foods then you have come to the right place! Big Mountain Foods are an easy way to ensure you’re getting enough protein in your diet. By choosing foods that contain the essential amino acids that your body needs.  Amino acids are considered the building blocks of protein. Proteins in turn play a critical role in your body. So try eating meals such as the Green Goddess Bowl to ensure your protein intake is at an optimal range. Ingredients: Cauli Crumble Veggie Grounds – 4 tablespoons Mmm Mighty Mushroom Bites – 4 pieces Cucumber – 1/4 cup chopped Fresh Spinach – A couple of handfuls Red Peppers -1/2 cup chopped Roasted Red Pepper Hummus – 1/2 Cup Mediterranean Salsa (Olives, Tomato, Red Onion, Lime, Hemp Hearts, Cilantro, Parsley) Kalamata Olives Cashew garlic dressing Pumpkin seeds Salt Pepper Lime Directions Cook Cauli Crumble Veggie Ground and Mmm Might Mushroom Bites in lightly oiled pan, medium heat, for 2–5 minutes. Season with salt pepper and lime juice. In a bowl, combine raw spinach, Cauli Crumble, and 4 mushroom bites. Add in roasted red pepper hummus, cucumber, salsa mix, and drizzle with cashew garlic dressing. Add red peppers, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, and enjoy!
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