“Where do you get your protein?” is a question that comes up quite a bit! I remember 5 years ago before I started eating plant-based, I was researching online how to eat a high-protein vegan diet so I can assure my family that I could do this! 5 years later there are now sites like Buy Vegan where you can search through a directory of plant-based products in Australia to find the best-rated high-protein vegan products!!
I can assure you that there is no shortage of high-quality vegan protein sources! Here is my beginners list for plant-based high-protein staples.
No plant-based protein staple list would be complete without the holy-grail TOFU! I am extremely passionate about tofu that I try to incorporate it into every dish! Tofu is one of the few plant-based proteins that contains all of the essential amino acids we need to stay healthy. The Organic Tofu by Simply Better Foods is one of my favourite brands to use because it is made from Australian grown Organic Certified soybeans. Also, it is about 16g of protein per serve! Some recipe inspo includes:
- shredding and baking tofu to use for a poke bowl
- scrambling tofu with some nutritional yeast and turmeric
- Marinating tofu pieces in teriyaki sauces to use for rice-paper rolls
- You can also heat up the Plantitude Butter Chicken Tofu with Jasmine Rice for an easy, quick, and high protein vegan meal.
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Meat Alternatives are particularly protein rich and also delicious. The holy grail for me is the Beyond Beef by Beyond Meat to make my classic bolognese – this mince has a whopping 20g of protein per serving (WE LOVEEE). I also love using Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), a type of soy protein, because it packs 9 grams of vegan protein per ¼ cup serving of the dry cup. I particularly like using the Vegan TVP Chunks by Lamyong to make vegan Kung Pao.
Meat Alternatives are a great way to add a lot of vegan protein into your meals. Scroll through our full list of meat alternatives on Buy Vegan.
Oats are one of my favourite breakfast options! Why? Because they are super versatile and are high-protein. Plain rolled oats have around 5g of vegan protein per cup! I have recently discovered the Proats2Go range which makes my morning oats way easier. Proats2Go comes in single-serve sachets so all you have to do is pour water in and microwave. The best part? Each serve is packed with over 20g of plant-based protein! They come in a variety of flavours such as Peanut Butter, Banana, Vanilla, Berry, and Chocolate.
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Vegan Protein Powder
Vegan protein powders are one of the easiest ways to up your protein intake. You can add plant-based protein to your smoothies or your oats for a higher daily protein intake. You can check out my blog The Best Top Tier Vegan Protein Powders in Australia for my personal fave protein powders. PS. I love the Banana Nut Muffin Plant Protein by Muscle Nation!
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Chia seeds are a holy grail for a plant-based pantry. They are high in protein and also a great source of healthy fats and fibre. I love sprinkling chia seeds over my oats, blending them in my smoothies, and adding them in my cereal. I recently became hooked on Chia Seed pudding which is a super tasty way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. Fancy Plants have made a Vanilla Chia Pod for an on-the-go cafe style chia pudding!
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High-protein Vegan Pancake Mix
I loveee pancakes (I mean…who doesn’t?)! This Macro Mike Almond Protein Pancake Baking Mix is a delicious and high protein vegan necessity for your pantry! SO handy to have this mix in the pantry if you want a quick and delicious fix of 20g plant-based protein! Love this for an easy vegan breakfast or late night snack. Could not recommend enough!
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Chickpeas (in every form!)
Chickpeas are a great pantry staple on their own. But let me get you onto a few other ways to eat chickpeas. The Chickpea Penne Pasta by Keep it Cleaner has nearly the double amount of protein to typical wheat pasta. You can use chickpea pasta for a delicious vegan mac and cheese bake, or add some in your soup, or make a high-protein vegan pasta bake.
I also love the Chickpeas by DJ&A for a crispy and delicious chickpea snack. This bag of roasted chickpeas has an impressive nutritional profile with 22g of protein per bag! I love adding these to my favourite salads for an extra satisfying crispy crunch, but they are also delicious as is! These are a staple in my apartment pantry!
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This concludes my must have vegan protein staples for your pantry. Let us know in the comments what your go-to plant-based protein products are!