In a conventional diet protein is obtained from meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products such as cheese.
These all contain complete proteins that contain all the essential amino acids that are needed for the human body. A vegetarian diet must derive protein from other sources.
Protein is found in many vegetable sources. Some of these vegetable proteins are complete in that they contain all the essential amino acids just like animal protein. Others are incomplete and must be combined together to produce a complete protein that the body can use.
Most plant foods contain some protein. A vegetarian who eats a wide variety of foods will consume sufficient protein in the course of day.
1. Nuts and seeds are an under appreciated source of protein.
They can be added to a wide range of sweet and savory vegetarian dishes.
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2. Soya beans are source of complete protein
And for that reason soya products are an important part of a vegetarian diet.
Commercially manufactured soya based meat substitutes are now widely available in supermarkets. They come in variety of forms and are often made into pies, burgers, sausages and other ready prepared products that offer the busy vegetarian a convenience food.
Soya milk can be found in most chiller cabinets next to the cows’ milk. You will also find soya yoghurts and soya cheeses. A more traditional soya product is tofu which has long been used in Chinese cooking.
3. Another meat substitute is mycoProtein
This is made from a variety of fungus. Like soya protein it is sold in various forms that can be used in a range of recipes. You will also find it in ready made products often sold under the brand name “Quorn.”
Beans, peas and lentils, known collectively as pulse, make up one of the major sources of protein for a vegetarian.
They are incomplete proteins and must be combined with other incomplete proteins, such as grains, or complete proteins, such as eggs or milk, to make a complete protein food.
Usually this is done in one dish such as beans and rice or beans on toast, but this is not always necessary as the body can store protein and combine it later.
Additional List of Plant Based Protein
- Sprouted Bread
- Chia Seed