Proteins are a macronutrient that the cells in your body use for structure. Protein is very important for building tissues, such as muscle.
Proteins are made from smaller monomers called amino acids. There are twenty amino acids that make up all the kinds of protein your body needs. Your body can make some of the amino acids you need, but there are nine that you must consume in your diet. These are called essential amino acids.
Some Plant-Based Food Sources of Protein
|food||grams of protein||serving|
|firm tofu||10||1/2 cup|
|lentils (cooked)||8.84||1/2 cup|
|chickpeas (cooked)||7.25||1/2 cup|
|quinoa (cooked)||4||1/2 cup|
|beans with rice||3.5||1/2 cup|
|potato (baked)||8||1 large|
|Ezekiel bread||4||1 slice|