Five Plant-Based Proteins We Love
It’s no secret that the plant-based craze has taken over the food industry. We’re seeing vegan options popping up all throughout grocery stores and restaurants, much to the joy of the vegans and vegetarians of the world. And it’s not only those choosing to go meatless who should rejoice. With all these plant-based options available, it’s a great way to mix up your diet and try new things while still getting the protein you require, no matter what your diet.
While there are many great innovative plant-based proteins to choose from, we wanted to highlight five that can effectively add protein to your formulation.
1) Pea Protein
It goes without saying that pea protein is the hot plant-based protein of the moment. And quite deservingly so. Sourced by isolating the protein from the ground yellow pea, this plant-based protein contains all 9 essential amino acids and is considered a well-balanced protein. No chemical extraction is used in the processing of the yellow pea and it is both allergen-free and Certified Non-GMO Project Verified. To top it off, the pea is an extremely sustainable crop that doesn’t require a lot of water. Yes Peas!
2) Water Lentil Protein
You may be asking yourself “what on earth is a water lentil”? Water lentils, also known as duckweed, are tiny, free-floating aquatic plants that grow naturally on ponds, marshes, and other slow-moving bodies of fresh water. It also happens to be the smallest flowering plant in the world. Water lentil protein is minimally processed with no chemicals and has the highest level of Essential Amino Acids and BCAA’s of all plant protein. The water lentil is a highly sustainable plant and reproduces itself continuously, allowing for it to be harvested daily.
3) Hemp Protein
With all the hype surrounding cannabis, it’s hard to ignore hemp as an excellent source of plant-based protein. The hemp plant does not have the psychoactive elements for which marijuana is known. Hemp protein contains all 9 essential amino-acids in addition to fibre and healthy fats and minerals. Hemp protein is an easily digested protein by comparison to many other plant proteins and is also less refined.
4) Pumpkin Seed Protein
That’s right, pumpkins are more than just a Halloween decoration or a flavour that comes out in the fall. Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein and are highly digestible. One of the major benefits of pumpkin protein is that it doesn’t have a chalky or gritty texture to it. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it’s also rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
5) Sacha Inchi Protein
Sacha Inchi is an ingredient to watch! We believe that Sacha Inchi will be the next big superfood and it’s been making its way onto grocery store shelves as consumers become familiar with its benefits. Sometimes called the sacha peanut or the mountain peanut, this nut is a great source of plant-based protein and contains the highest levels of plant-based Omega-3’s which are extremely beneficial for vegans who might struggle to get this nutrient elsewhere.