A key player in any weight loss program is Protein. That’s a pretty bold statement so here’s why.
Protein helps build and maintain your lean, muscle, which of course increases your metabolism to lose weight. Protein also keeps your diet destroying hunger pangs under control.
Even though chicken and fish are delish ( see it rhymes;) plant based protein sources are especially beneficial to help you lose weight since they also tend to be great sources of filling fiber and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.
And as a bonus, getting protein from plants means you’ll get more good-for-you nutrients and fewer calories.
You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy these delicious foods.
Turns out, not only are beans good for your heart, they’re good for your waist too! Research shows that beans and pulses have a special combo of antioxidants, plant protein, and fiber, that help suppress your appetite and regulate hunger hormones.
What to Eat: You can use any bean to make delicious Hummus ( not just chickpeas) Remember to add them to soups or use to top a baked potato. ( Chili anyone!)
Though tiny, these little guys pack a big protein punch with seven to nine grams per half-cup serving. Try hemp, pumpkin, chia, flax or sunflower seeds. They will also help you fight off food cravings because they are rich in healthy fats
What to Eat: You can easily add seeds to your breakfast oatmeal, smoothies, or to salads!
Did you know one serving of soybeans has 20 grams of protein, along with calcium, manganese, and phosphorus? These are minerals that will help to keep your bones and muscles healthy.
What to eat: What about as a filling for your tacos or add a handful to a stir fry or cold pasta.
Yes, you do want to proceed with moderation, but one-quarter cup of nuts or two tablespoons of nut butter will give you anywhere from seven to nine grams of protein. In addition to containing healthy fats and fiber to help you feel full longer, they are a great source of potassium which can help fight belly bloat.
What to eat: Spread nut butter on apple slices (or other fruit) or whole grain toast for a snack. And lightly toasted whole nuts are divine! Toss them into your hot cereal or salad.
Do you want to knock out hunger and puts the kibosh on snacking between meals? Well, one cup of cooked lentils gives you 18 grams of protein plus fiber. And for an amazing dish, just add Mediterranean spices!
What to eat: Try them roasted or use as a topping for your salads and soups. You can even grind them and add to vegetarian meatballs.
Here is a real nutrition star. Why? When you need a meal on the go, it’s so easy to shake up some great tasting protein powder. This protein powder has 24 grams of protein and all 9 essential amino acids. A complete (plant based) protein!
What to eat: You can mix in an endless array of add ins so it will never get boring. Nut butter, fruit, avocado, cocoa, greens, truly endless!
You didn’t know finding great plant based proteins to lose weight could be so easy and so tasty.!
It's definitely been a journey to focus on natural health and wellness because some days I wildly succeed and some days I could eat the whole carton of ice cream. So I learn and grow and write and share. And as we stick together and encourage each other, we can reap the rewards! to Live younger longer and Look younger longer!