Plant-based eating has never been more popular with sales of plant-based meats skyrocketing during quarantine. People generally not only have more time to cook but the risks of eating meat have never been more obvious. So now is a perfect time to share some of our vegan secret weapons! These 5 foods are packed with nutrition and we always have them within reach when we’re cooking or baking.
There is no way we could write about nutrient-dense superfoods without having spirulina on the list. It’s the most protein-packed food on there is! Just 1 tbsp provides 4 grams of protein. Not only that, but it’s a solid source of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. There’s a reason it’s called the most nutrient-dense food on the planet!
Don’t discount these tiny brown seeds that you occasionally find on your bagel or whole-grain bread. They’ve been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. They’re also a solid source of Omega-3 fatty acids for those of us eating plant-based and not consuming eggs. They’re also a strong source of fiber and when these seeds are ground up they can also be used as an egg replacement in baking.
So Indian Gooseberries may not be essential in everyone’s kitchen but we’re here to tell you why they should be. It’s been shown to effectively fight high cholesterol and heartburn. They’re high in fiber, antioxidants, and a great source of Vitamin C with just one cup having 46% of your daily recommended value. Not sure your local grocer will have some? You can order dried Indian Gooseberries off Amazon.
Another source of Omega-3 fatty acids for vegans is chia seeds. In addition, these tiny seeds are a reliable source of iron, calcium, and antioxidants. A 28-gram, or 1-ounce, serving of chia seeds also contains 5.6 grams of protein and like flax seeds, they act as a binder or an egg-replacement in baking.
Pumpkin seeds may seem like a humble food on this list but don’t let the fact that you can get them at 7/11 fool you! These babies are just heaven on pizza, in salads, pesto’s, or in a granola mix. Not only that but pumpkin seeds contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, Vitamin E, B-complex, and an abundance of zinc.
Want to learn more about veganism? Check our post on why everyone is going vegan in 2020.