It can be a little more difficult to get all of the protein you need when you follow a vegan diet. Plant-based eating naturally involves a lot of fruit and veg, but when you’re removing meat, fish and dairy from your diet, suitable protein sources are limited.
It’s important to make sure you’re planning protein into your weekly meal plan or shopping list, as it plays a key role in helping to keep your body healthy, including contributing to growth in muscle mass.
With this in mind, we’ve put together vegan, high-protein meal inspiration for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, helping you to stay on track with plant-based eating while getting plenty of protein.
Meal Planning Tips
We recommend choosing one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one or two snack options from our collection of high-protein, vegan meal ideas each day. Incorporate these into a meal plan, then base your shopping list around this.
Try to include as much variety as possible – for example, if you’re having an avocado-based breakfast, try to choose a lunch and dinner based around different ingredients; likewise, if you’re having sourdough for breakfast, you’ll probably want something different for lunch.
Make sure you’re taking care to include a little of each food group in every meal wherever possible to ensure you’re still getting a balanced diet and plenty of nutrition.
High-Protein Vegan Foods
Here are some examples of high-protein vegan ingredients to incorporate into your meal plans:
- Almond milk
- Beans and pulses, such as kidney beans, cannellini beans, black beans, chickpeas etc.
- Cashew nuts
- Seeds, including sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds
- Soy milk
Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Powder is another great vegan source of protein. Made using organic, whole food ingredients, this vegan protein powder is available in Unflavoured, Vanilla, Chocolate and Vanilla Chai options.