Protein is an essential nutrient that helps build muscle mass and maintain bone density. It also plays a role in many other bodily functions, including energy production, immune function, hormone regulation, and blood clotting - so finding the best sources of vegan protein is essential for a healthy plant-based diet.
There are many sources of vegan protein that can help you stay active and healthy which leads us to a very common question posed to vegans:
“Where do you get your protein from?”
Here are some of our favourite vegan protein sources:
Soy products (per serving); Tofu (4g), Tempeh (13g), or Seitan (19g): These are the best egg substitutes available. Seitan is a savoury protein while Tofu can be cooked in a variety of ways with a variety of textures..
Nuts and seeds (for 1 ounce); Flaxseeds (6g), sunflower seeds (5.5g), chia seeds (6g), and almonds (3g): They can be eaten raw or added to smoothies or cereal. Peanuts and nut butter are also great sources of protein as 1 tablespoon provides over 3g of protein.
Grains (1/2 cup); Quinoa (4.5g), brown rice (3g), oats (3g): They are perfect to supplement your protein intake, for example, a 100g of cooked quinoa can provide 4.5g of protein. Those grains are a great alternative to white rice and couscous.
Non-dairy milk (1 cup: 240ml); Soy milk (6g) and pea milk (8g): can be used in the same way as other dairy products and vegan milk but adds an extra hit of protein compared to almond or oat milk.
Pulses (1/2 cup); lentils (10g), chickpeas (7g), beans (7-10g): 1 bowl of lentil soup (100g) can provide up to 10g. Pulses are low- fat and affordable plant-based proteins.
Vegetables; broccoli stalks (4.28g in 1 raw cup), avocado (1g per 1⁄2 avocado): Vegetables and fruits offer a surprising amount of protein.
Push Chocolate buttons (21g/pouch): Our vegan chocolate buttons are packed with pea and rice protein.
Our Vegan Chocolate Buttons: A surprisingly great protein vegan source
Chocolate is always tempting and with such irresistible temptations around the corner, how can one expect to stick to a healthy lifestyle?
The answer lies with our higher protein chocolate buttons! Scrummy, yummy, smoothy, and creamy... we could go on and on but, first, let’s look at how our vegan chocolate can be a great source of protein.
The market for higher protein products is booming. The global protein supplement market is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 8.5% from 2021 to 2030. Higher protein which was once only consumed by a niche market (athletes, bodybuilders) is now popular with health-conscious consumers.
What’s included in our vegan higher protein Push Chocolate buttons?
Regular protein bars or snacks often contain artificial sweeteners and other additives that are bad for your health. At the end of the day, you want something that is both healthy and delicious!
Our higher protein chocolate buttons are made from unroasted beans which make them rich in natural antioxidants. Push Chocolate has 42% cocoa solids which means that it contains a high concentration of flavanol which has been linked to cardiovascular health benefits.
Did you know that our Push Chocolate buttons contain 5 times more proteins than other vegan chocolate brands?
That's right, you read that accurately! You might be wondering how come our Push chocolate buttons contain so much protein. Glad you asked.
We use two types of proteins namely:
Let's delve a little deeper into the details.
Pea protein contains 9 amino acids
Pea protein is extracted from yellow peas that have had their shells removed. It's a high-quality protein source, rich in iron and easily digestible. In 2015, a study showed that weight-lifting men who consumed 50g of pea protein daily built muscle in the same way as those who took whey protein.
The main benefits of pea protein are:
Great for the heart and blood pressure
Vegan-friendly, gluten-free and lactose-free
Low in fat
However, since pea protein is low in methionine, we have combined it with rice protein to give you the ultimate vegan health combination. Rice protein can also be used as an alternative to milk-based protein. Those tiny but mighty grains can help you reach your fitness goals.
The pea and rice blend provide higher PDCAAS scores (0.89-0.95) than each of these protein sources can offer individually.
The perfect fuel for fitness enthusiasts
Ant came up with the concept for Push Chocolate when he decided to combine chocolate and protein. Like him, we are sure you are tired of eating the same dry protein bars!
A tasty indulgence that will equilibrate your diet.
We understand that protein plays a big role in your metabolism, and you want to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. This is where vegan chocolate swoops in to save the day. We believe you should be able to fully enjoy chocolate in a way that improves your health. Whether you are trying to refuel quickly after an intensive workout or looking for some pre-running fuel, our higher protein chocolate buttons will give you a nutritional boost.
Our vegan chocolate buttons are a healthy snack that doesn’t compromise on taste. Those energising buttons will give you the necessary energy to power through your workouts.
As you can see, there are a plethora of rich plant food proteins out there and a well-planned plant-based diet will provide you with all the nutrition you need.
So what are you waiting for? Embrace your inner Chocoholic, grab our vegan Push Chocolate buttons and get those muscles pumping!
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