Hands down the most frequent question we get asked is "Where do you get your protein??" Knowing what we know now, it's a silly question. But we get why people wonder. First off, protein (or amino acids) actually originates in plants! Yes, the animals that humans consume are getting their protein from plants, and then the said humans are eating those same animals for protein. It's time to cut out the middleman and go straight to the source. Plants have all the amino acids to satisfy your protein needs, without the long-term side effects that come with consuming animal flesh.

Feeding plants to animals then eating those animals is like filtering water through a sewer and then drinking it.
— Bruce Friedrich

Secondly, major corporations – and industries like Big Ag and Dairy – have perpetuated this idea that we need obnoxious amounts of protein to thrive. This couldn't be further from the truth, as Rich Roll eloquently delivers proof in his article Slaying the Protein Myth. Yes, protein is an essential macronutrient and we need it to survive. But not in the copious amounts that we've been told. At the end of the day, this obsession with protein over-consumption is hurting our collective health. Want to dive deeper into the science? Check out acclaimed weight-loss surgeon and nutritionist Dr. Garth Davis' book Proteinaholic

As you can see from our list below finding protein in plants is not a hard task! It's abundant AF and super nutritious. You don't believe us? Try telling these Plant-Based Gangsters they aren't getting enough protein. We promise you they are. 

 
 
 

PLANT PROTEIN SOURCES

 
 

BEANS

  • Black
  • Kidney 
  • Pinto
  • Garbanzo
  • Lima
  • Navy
  • Cannellini

LENTILS

  • Brown
  • Red
  • Black
  • Green
  • Split green peas

SOY

  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Edamame
  • Soy milk

NUTS

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios 
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Macadamia

SEEDS

  • Hemp
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia
  • Sunflower
  • Pepitas
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Poppy

GRAINS

  • Whole wheat
  • Spelt
  • Seitan
  • Teff 
  • Quinoa
  • Oats 
  • Buckwheat
  • Amaranth
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Barley
  • Millet
  • Farro
  • Rye
  • Bulgar
  • Couscous

PASTA

  • Wheat pasta
  • Black bean pasta
  • Lentil pasta

VEGETABLES

  • Green peas
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Kale
  • Potatoes
  • Organic corn
  • Avocado

PROTEIN POWDERS

  • Spirulina
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Pea
  • Soy
  • Hemp
  • Brown rice
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Sunflower seed
  • Alfalfa 
 
 
 

PLANT-BASED PROTEIN POWDERS

If you want to supplement protein it's important to know that not all protein powders are created equal. Some taste horrible, and others are posing as "healthy." Just be careful you're not choosing one with a ton of added sweetener. Also, tread lightly in regards to the cheapest options. They could be dairy-based (whey or casein) or made with non-organic plant foods, neither of which are recommended. Be sure to always read the ingredients. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for! The following protein supplements are the BLOK founders' personal favorites, for both taste and nutrition.

 
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VEGA SPORT

VANILLA

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VEGA SPORT

CHOCOLATE

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VEGA ONE

CHOCOLATE

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VEGA ONE

FRENCH VANILLA

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SUNWARRIOR

CLASSIC PLUS VANILLA

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SUNWARRIOR

CLASSIC PLUS CHOCOLATE