- Our bodies need protein—but there are a lot of misconceptions about the “right” kind of protein to eat, or whether vegans and vegetarians can get enough.
- We’re effectively debunking that myth with 7 vegan-friendly protein options you can incorporate into any meal.
Whether you’re a vegan, an omnivore, or somewhere in between, one thing we all have in common is that our bodies need protein. One popular misconception, though, is that those who follow a vegan diet aren’t getting enough protein because they don’t consume animal-based products. The truth? There are many nutrient-rich vegan protein sources available, so consider that myth debunked. Below, find seven vegan protein sources meat-eaters and vegans alike will love.*
In general, legumes (aka beans, lentils, peas, and more) are excellent sources of protein—but lentils really shine for a few reasons. For one, a cup of cooked lentils delivers a whopping 16.2 grams of protein. Two, the tiny legumes also provide other essential nutrients such as folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. And third, thanks to high amounts of fiber, they’ll keep you full and energized throughout the day. *(1)