Experts Say These Are *The* Best Plant-Based Protein Sources

According to Smith, this small bean is not only high in protein, but also high in other nutrients."Lentils are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and bio-nutrients."

Lentils

"Amino acid profile should be considered when choosing plant proteins, so I love recommending pistachios, as they offer 6 grams of complete plant protein per serving,"

Pistachios

Though officially a seed, quinoa is commonly classified as a grain and is one of the top protein sources in that category (sorry, white rice!).

Quinoa

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are another legume that receives high marks from experts, whether roasted as a snack or combined into a creamy hummus spread.

Chickpeas

Have you ever placed a bag of hemp seeds in your shopping cart? Jones suggests that now is a good time to start because they are high in protein.

Hemp Seeds

Tofu is typically used as a meat alternative in its hard form, or as an egg or dairy substitute in its silky form. It is manufactured by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resultant curds into a block.

Tofu

Jones offers pre-cooked soy beans if you want all of the advantages of soy in a packet that is easy to slip into a gym bag for a post-workout snack.

Roasted Edamame