People often wonder with the restriction of no meat, no eggs, no fish and no dairy products, where exactly do vegans get their proteins? This is probably the most popular question regarding the plant-based lifestyle. What we should know however, is that nearly all plants- ranging from vegetables to beans, grains, nuts, seeds etcetera, contain some, and often times much more, protein.

It's quite astounding that foods like fruits, sugar and fats do not give much protein. Although you can find high amounts of protein in animal products the protein is harder to digest in the body. So, it’s safe to say that plant based living gives a better alternative for protein supplements to the body than the consumption of animal / dairy products.   

There are so many highly protein plant based foods here in Nigeria, and interestingly some of us are quite fond of them without knowing the protein benefits that could be derived from them. We have listed some of those items below:

  • Legumes: Chickpeas, Beans, Soybean, Lentils

  • Grains: Fonio / Acha, Quinoa, Amaranth  

  • Leafy greens: Watercress, Kale, Spinach

  • Vegetables: Cucumber, Avocado, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Beets

  • Nuts: Almonds, Brazil nuts, Walnuts

  • Seeds: Hemp seeds, Chia seeds

The world's biggest and strongest animals -- gorillas, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and rhinos -- all build their tremendously strong bodies with vegetable protein. If it can work for them then it can work for you.