7 Plant-Based Foods That Pack More Protein than a Cheeseburger

25/02/2021

New Zealanders are obsessed with protein. Particularly the types of proteins that come from animals, such as meat, dairy, and eggs.

By eating more plant-based protein and reducing your intake of cruelly-produced meat, dairy, and eggs, you can help us create a kinder food system.

From the whey protein we dump into shakes after hitting the gym, to the cheeseburgers we chow down on at fast food restaurants, it’s almost as if we can’t get enough protein. It’s this insatiable appetite that fuels the factory farming industry.   

However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. We don’t have to rely only on meat, dairy, and egg products to reach the recommended protein suggested suggested by the New Zealand Ministry of Health in the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand.

These 7 plant-based foods pack more protein than a cheeseburger (16.3 g). By adding them into your diet, you can help transform the food system to be kinder to animals and the planet, as well as improving your overall health.

A half cup of peanut butter (32 g)

Peanut butter

One cup of lentils (18 g)

Vegan bolognese. Photo by Frédéric Dupont on Unsplash.

A half cup of chickpeas (19 g) 

Chickpeas. Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash.

A cup and a half of vegetarian baked beans (21 g) 

Baked beans

One cup of tofu (20 g) 

Tofu curry. Photo by Alyssa Kowalski on Unsplash.

A half cup of seitan (25 g)

Seitan patties. Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash.

Four cups of uncooked spinach (20 g)  

Spinach

By eating more plant-based protein and reducing your intake of cruelly-produced meat, dairy, and eggs, you can help us create a kinder food system.

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