Whether we like it or not, moms, dads, friends, and strangers alike are concerned about the amount of protein a plant-based diet provides. We’ve gone through the details, talked up beans and nuts and seeds and all manner of high protein plant matter, but the best they can deliver is a half-sincere nod of acknowledgement.
Why not take a different approach? Why not ease their minds by making a special effort to pack on the protein? I mean, the carnivores still have protein bars and whatnot (most of them vegetarian for that matter). Vegan eaters can, too, and we can tell all those concerned folks just exactly how much extra protein we are getting from our power snacks. Let’s see just how easy it is to snack on your protein!
Snacks at the Table
For me, a proper snack is one that requires me sitting at a table, elbows out, and digging in. I imagine myself in front of some sort of televised sporting event, belting out the occasional yelp of excitement.
Nothing says protein like chickpeas, to the tune of nearly 20 grams of protein per serving. Want to kick it into overdrive? Scoop up your hummus on chickpea bread. A double dose worth more protein than a T-bone.
Few things pack in the protein like lentils. This dip is low-fat but calorie-rich in all the right ways: fiber, protein, and deliciousness. Make some kale chips to take it to yet another level.
Or, Try Snacks on the Go
Sometimes, it’s got to be quick, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dirty. Here are some great homemade recipes for rich, muscle-building things to nibble while on the move.
What says awesome snack better than bite-sized deliciousness. Almonds, protein powder, seeds, nut butter — not only are these high protein but they offer all kinds of other benefits, like healthy fats and vitamins.
Who needs dairy-laden power bars? This recipe provides a myriad of different nuts, seeds, and dried fruit (yes, raisins have protein). Plus, it’s a well-rounded collection of protein from natural sources.
Or, Try Snacks in a To-Go Cup
Truth be told, we can do it without even bothering to chew. That’s right: Protein drinks, and not some Rocky raw egg concoction. We do it powerfully and powerfully tasty too.
They need neither powders nor dairy to be thick with protein. Simple include your raw nuts, nut butter, maybe some super food additions, and then go for it. Try these awesome anti-oxidant rich options.
Or, Snack from a Pack
Too busy for homemade snackage? Fear not, there are good quick fix solutions for those not into the apron scene. Here are some high-count protein options in pre-packed vegan snacks.
Soy has been on a downward slide due to the GMO fiasco, but there are still organic options out there to keep an eye out for, and they still ooze protein like crazy and carry all essential amino acids.
An easy ten grams of protein with no sweat of the brow! Primal Spirit Foods has put out a cool brand of meatless jerky that comes in an array of appealing flavors and quickly boosts the protein count.
Protein-rich snacks are most definitely at your disposal, and they are supremely delicious with loads of other health benefits. And, what a card to play in the classic protein debate! Where do I get my protein? Kind sir (or madam), I’m getting pumped on snacks. How about you?
Image source: Pureed Lentil Dip