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As an extremely active person, one of the biggest questions I get is how I re-fuel after a 6AM workout to be ready for the entire day ahead. My answer? Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before, and… protein! Protein is essential to replenish and build muscles, joints and blood flow. It’s like putting gas in your car! The physical changes that emerge after properly nourishing yourself is actually incredible. The easiest way to make sure I am getting the protein and nutrients I need is by way of a smoothie–literally throw everything you need/want into a blender, et voilá!
The follow-up question is generally, what kind of protein do you use? Although I don’t subscribe to any specific diet, I always use plant-based protein powder. There are so many benefits, and yes, you can easily get as much protein going plant-based rather than animal-based. One of my favorite organic* protein powders is by Sunwarrior: they marry the most nutritious super foods together and create easy-to-use blends that are 1) raw, 2) gluten-free, 3) vegan, 4) soy-free, 5) organic… Read on to understand how these ingredients work…
Here’s the scoop on five plant-based, high-protein ingredients (that are also included in Sunwarrior’s Classic Plus jar):
- Whole Grain Brown Rice: A favorite ingredient among vegans, brown rice is hypo-allergenic and full of fiber which helps your digestive system assimilate foods and provide satiation. It’s also a great source of selenium, a trace mineral that protects antioxidants. When brown rice is raw and sprouted (as it is in this protein blend) it’s good source of protein on it’s own.
- Quinoa: This seed is considered “gold of the Incas,” it is one of the highest sources of plant-based protein – it’s actually considered a complete protein containing all essential amino acids – while also packing in loads of fiber, calcium and B vitamins.
- Yellow Peas: Have you ever seen pea protein at the grocery store and gotten confused? Peas are actually incredibly high in protein, they satisfy all of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s requirement for essential amino acids. They’re low-caloric, high-fiber (1/2 cup offers up to 7g of insoluble fiber), and rich in minerals like phosphorus and potassium.
- Chia Seeds: The benefits of chia seeds are endless. Nutrient-dense powerhouses — they’re loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and a great amount of protein. Chia seeds are a pantry-staple when it comes to being plant-based.
- Amaranth: This is one of the most protein-rich foods out there, compared to the animal-based stuff. It’s another ancient Aztec super food that has been used for centuries due to it’s high mineral content: calcium, iron, phosphorus and carotenoids. Also, 1 cooked cup of amaranth has 28.1 g protein where oats only have 26.3 g!
There you have it! All of these ingredients are amazing sources of protein and minerals that you body needs post-workout, and in general. Dish below if you have any questions on plant-based protein or post-workout rejuvenation, in general! P.S. get the smoothie recipe above right this way! xx
This post was sponsored by Sunwarrior, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!