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Don't sweat the small stuff! DISCOVER 5 great sources of protein to enrich your vegan diet!

With all the benefits that the vegan lifestyle provides, there is probably only one downside - it’s pretty difficult to get enough amount of protein with plant-based food. But it’s not impossible.

If you plan your diet well you can get enough protein even from plant-based foods - you just need to know what to choose and in which quantities to consume them daily.

Keeping this concern in mind, JollyGut has covered 5 plant-based high-protein foods that can and should be included in your vegan diet.

1. Tofu




Tofu is made of soybeans which is a great source of calcium, iron, amino acids, and, of course, protein. One of the best qualities of this product is that it can be used as an alternative to meat even in the preparation of burgers or juicy stakes. That way you don’t even feel like you’re missing out! 

The best recipe ideas for high protein meals including tofu: tofu scramble, stir-fried tofu, tofu power bowl, tofu noodles, tofu wraps.

Discover the best tofu across Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Asda with the JollyGut app:

The Tofoo Co Naked Tofu in Tesco 




2. Lentils



Lentils are not only rich in protein, but folate, fibre, manganese, and iron. With just a single cup you can get half of the daily recommended intake. They also reduce the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, or weight gain.

The best thing is that lentils are very versatile and can be used in salads, soups, or side dishes.

The best recipe ideas for high protein meals including lentils: lentil stew, lentil bolognese, butternut squash, red lentil curry.

Discover the best lentils across Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Asda with the JollyGut app:

Sainsbury's Dried Red Lentils




3. Green split peas



Did you know that a cup of green split peas contains even more protein than a cup of milk? What is even more beneficial is that it is a great source of fibre, vitamin A, C, K, iron, magnesium, thiamine, and folate. It is also a low-fat product full of omega-3 fats.

If you are creative enough, beans can be used in many dishes: soups, stews or as a side dish.

The best recipe ideas for high protein meals including green peas: green pea avocado spread, pea puree, pea ravioli.

Discover the best lentils across Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Asda with the JollyGut app:



4. Soy Milk



Firstly, it’s a great alternative to milk. Secondly, it tastes simply amazing. And lastly, it’s not only a great source of protein but this type of milk is also fortified with calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.

What’s even greater is that this versatile product can be consumed alone as a drink, and as an alternative to all common milk recipes: smoothies, used together with morning cereals, or used in baking.

The best recipe ideas for high protein meals including soy milk: matcha smoothie, vanilla cake.

Discover the best soy milk across Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Asda with the JollyGut app:


5. Oats




Oats are probably the best kick-start your day! But that’s not all. They are also a great source of protein, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and folate.

Although oats are probably the quickest and most nutritious meal for breakfast that can be used with various fruits or peanut butter; they can also be used in baking or preparation of vegan burgers.

The best recipe ideas for high protein meals including oats: mushroom oats, vegetable rose tart, oat meatballs.  

Discover the best soy milk across Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Asda with the JollyGut app:



How to find protein-rich food with the JollyGut app?


Finding high protein foods with the JollyGut app is quick and easy - let us show you how.

First, you need to scan a chosen product in-store or enter it into a search engine using the JollyGut food scanner.

If you are in store, scan it with the JollyGut food scanner app:


Check if the product is vegan or not:


Click the tab ‘for experts’ and explore the nutritional profile of your chosen food product:



With the JollyGut food scanner app you don’t need to analyse complex ingredient lists and get frustrated wondering whether the chosen product is right for you - just check the product with the app or Browser extension and it will warn you whether the product meets your dietary preferences or not!

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