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In this episode of The Raw Food Podcast The Rawtarian shares a simple to understand concept of what protein is and where you can get proteins in a plant-based, vegan diet.
In short, yes, you can get enough protein from a plant-based diet!
1/4 cup almonds = 15 grams protein
1/4 cup walnuts = 7.5 grams protein
1/4 cup sunflower seeds = 7 grams protein
1/4 cup cashews = 5 grams protein
1/4 cup pecans = 2.5 grams protein
1/4 cup medjool dates = 2 grams protein
4 tablespoons of hempseed hearts = 15 grams protein
3 tablespoons of chia seeds = 4 grams protein
1 cup raw kale = 2 grams protein
1 cup raw broccoli = 2 grams protein
1 cup raw spinach = 1 gram protein (1 cup cooked spinach = 7.6 grams protein)
1 cup alfalfa sprouts = 1 gram protein
The recommendation for protein for adult female vegans is around 46-58 grams per day.
The recommendation for protein for adult male vegans is around 56-70 grams per day.
Re: "complete proteins:" Animal foods, soy foods and quinoa are "complete proteins," which just means that they include all of the 9 essential amino acids, which is handy. But you can get all of the 8-9 essential amino acids quite easily if you consume a variety of plant-based foods. A complete protein will be made inside your body quite easily, as long as you are eating a wide variety of legumes (ex. sprouted chick peas), grains (ex. sprouted quinoa) greens and veggies, nuts and seeds :)
This information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with like-minded, qualified health care professional(s). I wish you success on your raw journey!