Most people ask me where do I get my protein on a plant-based diet. Many vegans also struggle to fit protein in their diets without overeating starchy carbohydrates and fats.

In this episode, I share my top 3 favorite, go-to sources of lean plant-based proteins so you can maximize your body’s fat burning and muscle-building potential without adding lots of extra calories.

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Related: Why Plant-Based Protein is Superior to Animal Protein

My Go-To Lean Plant-Based Protein Sources


Plant-based protein made with vital wheat gluten.

Comes in strips or cubes or you can make your own. Serve with a sauce (teriyaki, BBQ, etc.) or be added to a stir fry, bowl, or salad

Brands: Upton’s | Franklin Farms | Wegmans | Sweet Earth

Make Your Own: Seitan Recipe

Flavored Plant-Based Protein Powders

Protein supplements usually made from one or a blend of legume, grain, and rice-based proteins. Flavored protein powders are generally sweetened and can be added to shakes, smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, and desserts like puddings, ice cream, etc.

Here are some of my favorite brands that use natural sweeteners an high-quality ingredients:

Textured Vegetable Protein

TVP is a dehydrated form of plant-based protein, usually made from soybeans but there are soy-free options that are made from pea protein. It’s shelf-stable and can be hydrated by adding water, vegetable broth, or sauce.

Can be used in chili, tacos, pasta sauces, or made into balls (use as a substitute for ground beef)

Brands: Anthony’s Organic TVP

Soy-free Options: Plant Boss | Beyond Crumbles | Trader Joe’s

Unflavored Plant-Based Protein Powders

There are unflavored plant-based protein powders generally made from one source such as pea, hemp, fava bean, mung beans, or pumpkin seeds. This also includes powdered nut butters such as powdered almond butter or powdered peanut butter.

These can be added to savory recipes like soups, stews, sauces, and breads. Green Boy offers several options of legume-based protein powders that are neutral in flavor and high in protein.

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