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The best plant-based protein sources

In recent years, plant-based diets have become incredibly popular – and for all the right reasons! Not only are these diets better for the environment, but they also offer a wide range of delicious options to meet your protein needs without relying on animal products. In this blog, we’ll explore the best plant-based protein sources & our favourite ways to eat them.

Legumes: Legumes are nutritional powerhouses packed with protein, fibre, and a host of essential nutrients. From chickpeas and lentils to black beans and edamame, legumes offer a versatile range of flavours and textures. Whether you enjoy them in soups, stews, salads, or even as the base of delicious veggie burgers, legumes are a must-have in your plant-based protein arsenal.

Quinoa: Quinoa, often referred to as a superfood, is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies need. This grain-like seed is incredibly versatile and can be used as a base for salads, stir-fries, or a wholesome Buddha bowl. Quinoa’s mild and nutty flavor, combined with its impressive protein content, makes it a staple for those seeking a versatile vegan protein source.

Nuts and Seeds: Nuts & seeds not only provide healthy fats but are also excellent sources of protein. Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds are just a few examples of these nutrient-rich gems. Sprinkle them on top of your morning porridge, blend them into smoothies, or use them as a base for homemade energy balls. Adding nuts and seeds into your diet adds a delightful crunch and is a great way to boost your protein (and good fat) intake.

Tofu & Tempeh: Tempeh & tofu are protein powerhouses. Both are derived from soybeans; they are a fantastic way to boost your plant-based protein intake. Tofu & tempeh’s mild, nutty flavour and versatile texture make them a chameleon in the kitchen – easily taking on flavours of the recipes it’s prepared with. Tempeh is a fermented soy product that offers additional health benefits. Tofu & tempeh can be grilled, stir-fried, marinated, or oven baked to create a wide range of tasty, healthy plant-based dishes.

You can find an array of protein-packed tempeh recipes here.

Embracing a plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean compromising on protein. With a wide array of delicious and nutrient-dense plant-based protein sources available, you can fuel your body and support your health while reducing your impact on the environment. From legumes and quinoa to nuts and seeds, tofu and tempeh, and even plant-based protein powders, the options are abundant. So, get creative in the kitchen, explore new flavours, and enjoy the incredible variety of plant-based goodness!

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