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Megan Kober | Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Protein is primarily associated with animal products – eggs, meat, dairy, seafood – but it’s 2017 and we know that there are many more sources of protein out there that don’t come from animals, but that come from plants! 

Often times when we think of plant-based proteins, we think of beans, lentils, quinoa, and nuts. But these foods also contain a high amount of carbs (beans, lentils, and quinoa) and fat (nuts).

Now, carbs and fat are important, and these are excellent sources of protein in a healthy plant-based diet! But today, I want to highlight 5 less common plant proteins you should be eating that you may not be.

The proteins listed are either higher in protein than they are in fat or carbs, or they ring in about the same. Meaning these are some seriously protein-rich plants that can easily incorporate into your diet.



1 Tbsp = 1 g fat, 3 g carb, 6 g pro

Spirulina is one of the richest sources of plant protein, and is a great addition to your morning smoothie.

Hemp Seeds

1 Tbsp = 5 g fat, 1 g carb, 3.5 g pro

Hemp seeds can be sprinkled on top of salads, mixed into smoothies or stirred into oatmeal.

Nutritional Yeast

1 Tbsp = 0 g fat, 2 g carb, 3 g pro

Nutritional yeast is unique with it’s cheesy flavor and is a rich source of vitamin B. It’s delicious sprinkled on salads or blended into sauces – anything you want to add a cheesy flavor to.


3 oz = 7 g fat, 6 g carb, 12 g pro

Most meat substitutes are soy-based, but tempeh gets a nutritional edge because of it’s natural occurring healthy bacteria it contains. Tempeh can be used for anything you’d use regular meat for, and especially makes great taco meat and burgers.

Designer Protein Organic Pro 30

1 scoop = 2.5 fat, 9 carb, 30 pro

Perhaps the easiest way to squeeze in extra plant based protein is to get yourself a high-quality plant protein powder to mix into smoothies, oats, pancakes, or plant-based yogurts. 

Megan Kober is a registered dietitian with a no BS approach to healthy eating. Author and founder of The Nutrition Addiction.