10 sources of plant-protein that can help you lose weight

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Need a summer body fast? Try adopting a diet rich in plant-based protein and get your body back on track. Fast.

With studies showing that a diet high in plant-based protein is ideal for weight loss, knowing exactly what to eat is vital in reaching your fitness and wellness goals. Plant-based protein helps build and maintain lean muscle, maintain effective metabolic function and crush annoying hunger pangs. And while chicken, fish, and beef might be top of your menu, plant-based sources are extra beneficial. Brimming with fiber, inflammation-fighting antioxidants, lots of nutrients and fewer calories, they are key for getting your body summer-ready, fast and healthily.

Why we need protein every day for optimum wellness

Protein is essential for nearly all functions of the body. It’s vital for brain and organ function, muscle repair and a healthy immune system and because protein doesn’t naturally occur in the body, it needs to be consumed.

Every cell contains thousands of distinct types of protein at any given time, and these proteins are essential to the cells’ functioning. Some types of protein provide structure to your cells, other proteins have metabolic function, helping to produce the energy needed to perform everyday functions. Still other proteins facilitate communication between cells and tissues, which helps with repair.

How much protein to have every day and the best time to have it.

As a guide, most adults need up to 3 serves of protein every day. One serve is equivalent to 1 serving of WelleCo NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN (16.2g protein) or 1 cup of Black Beans (15g protein). This quota differs according to age, gender, weight and state of health. “Finding good clean hormone-free protein, can be very difficult, especially as we go about our days,” says Dr Laubscher. “A great way around this is to incorporate a clean protein powder into your diet. You can have this on the side of your lunch or as a wonderful mid-afternoon ‘pick me up’.”

What is clean protein?

Organic, non GMO, no hormones, as untouched by humans as possible. Clean

Plant-based proteins are those that have been sustainably harvested, grown, are pesticide free of pesticides and not manufactured. A lot of soy products (around 90 per cent) have been genetically modified. If you’re not sure of its source, avoid it.

10 sources of excellent plant-based protein

WelleCo NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN - 1 scoop = 16.2g protein

Spinach (cooked) - 1 cup = 5g protein

Almonds - 1 oz. = 6g protein

Tofu - ¼ cup = 6g protein

Chickpeas - 1 cup = 12g protein

Peanut Butter - 2 tbsp. = 8g protein

Lentils - 1 cup = 18g protein

Black Beans - 1 cup = 15g protein

Brown rice (cooked) - 1 cup = 5g protein

Oats - ½ cup = 7g protein

Benefits of plant-based protein powder

WelleCo NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN is the combination of organic sprouted brown rice and pea protein that provides all 9 essential amino acids essential for recovery.

Much more than just a protein powder, it contains nutrients to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, fibre, acai for healthy free radical elimination and B vitamins for anti-stress, with no added wheat, dairy, soy, eggs or nuts.

Available in delicious Peruvian Chocolate and Natural Vanilla, it’s easy to use too. Just add 1 scoop to water, almond milk or a smoothie.

Here is a NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN Smoothie recipe the WelleCo staff make on rotation.

Almond Butter, Vanilla & Rose Nourishing Protein Smoothie

Almond Butter, Vanilla & Rose Nourishing Protein Smoothie