Considering the fact that even Burger King is serving up plant-based burgers, it’s safe to say that being vegan protein sources are trendy right now. Popular as they may be, though, processed meat alternatives like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat are far from the only plant-based protein sources you have to choose from on a vegan diet.
Just how much protein you need depends on your weight and activity level (you can calculate your exact needs here). However, according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, it’s totally possible to meet your protein needs on a vegan diet—as long as you put a variety of whole plant foods on your plate throughout the day.
Variety is key here, since—with a few exceptions—plant-based proteins are incomplete proteins, meaning they don’t contain high levels of all nine of the essential amino acids that we need to get from our diets.
Excerpted from Women’s Health