How to Get Enough Protein on a Plant-Based Diet

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Have you considered hopping on the plant-based diet bandwagon but aren’t sure what’s involved? Perplexed about protein for vegans? We’ve got the skinny here.

Plant-Based Protein


If you want to try a vegan lifestyle, be prepared to scrutinize every label. Hidden animal protein in the forms of gelatin, dried egg yolk and dried milk powder can be present in foods ranging from bread to soup.

Vegans need to be sure to get enough protein. Good sources include soy, beans, nuts and seeds. A sample day in the life of a vegan:

Breakfast:  A protein shake is a great way to start the day. Try Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Gluten-Free Raw Vegan Protein in vanilla flavor for an energizing boost. Prefer chocolate? Mix in a scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood drink mix in Cacao Chocolate Infusion flavor to your favorite non-dairy milk. Mmmm!

Lunch: Enjoy a large salad topped with protein-rich beans, such as Eden Foods Organic Black Beans. Add sliced apples spread with high protein Woodstock Farms Organic Sesame Tahini.

Dinner: Make a veggie stir fry with Mori-Nu Silken Extra Firm Tofu. On the side, enjoy brown rice such as Lundberg Organic.

Snacks: Justin’s Nut Butter spread on Orgran Gluten-Free Toasted Buckwheat Crispibread.


Because you can enjoy dairy and eggs, it’s easier to get enough protein.  You can add variety by using vegan options such as tofu and seeds as well.

Breakfast:  An omelet with Native Forest Organic Sliced Crimini Mushrooms and cheese will give you a burst of protein to keep you chugging along all morning.

Lunch: On busy days, consider a protein shake to save time while ensuring you get enough nutrients. You can even get pre-made shakes such as Worldwide Sports Nutrition Pure Protein™ Shake in Vanilla Cream.

Dinner: Try Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta Spaghetti Style with your favorite pasta sauce. Add mozzarella cheese for a delicious, nutritious meal along with veggies.

Snacks: Keep energy bars on hand such as Quest Nutrition QuestBar Protein Bar in Cookies & Cream flavor.