You’ve probably seen those infographics that try to convince you that broccoli has more protein than a steak. And while yes, per calorie there IS more protein in the greens, you’d have to eat A LOT of broccoli! However, that’s not to say you need to throw in the towel with your vegan diet and turn to steak to build muscle. Here’s 5 plant-based foods that are actually packed full of protein, and how they compare to 100g of steak….
Red Split Lentils
The Lowdown Per 100g: 102 calories, 8.9g protein, 7.4g carbohydrates and 0.9g fat.
The Lowdown Per 100g: 208 calories, 21.3g protein, 1.8g carbohydrates, 10.9g fat.
Vegan Quorn Pieces
The Lowdown Per 100g: 113 calories, 15.3g protein, 3.9g carbohydrates, 2.8g fat.
The Lowdown Per Serving; 130 calories, 26g protein, 3g carbohydrates, 2g fat.
The Lowdown Per 100g: 123 calories, 12.6g protein, 2.9g carbohydrates, 6.9g fat.
The Lowdown Per 100g: 215 calories, 26g protein, 0.5g carbohydrates, 12g fat.
So yes, there’s no denying that a steak comes with a whopping portion of protein, but there’s plenty of other options derived from soy, beans, plants and grains that will help you easily hit your RDA without the need for meat, dairy or eggs. Even if you’re still eating meat, choosing plant-based options now and again is an awesome way to add some variety to your diet, especially as they tend to contain a good dose more fibre, as well as having a lower fat and overall calorie content too… power to the plants!