There are a number of plant-based superfoods on the market today. Many offer some key nutrients that can provide optimal overall health and vitality. One of the missing keys for individuals on a plant-based diet is consuming enough protein and other nutrients that are the building block for good health. Fortunately there are some high quality superfoods that can give you your daily protein intake. Here are some of the top superfoods out there today:

Spirulina

Not only this algae-based plant the best source of protein, it is also one of the oldest – billions of years old. On average, this top superfood contains about 60% protein, is easily digestible, contains all essential nine amino acids, and has a better balance of minerals and antioxidants than red meat. Add a teaspoon to your next smoothie or protein shake and enjoy!

Chlorella

A close cousin to spirulina, chlorella is also a nutrient-packed superfood; it is even better than kale, spinach and broccoli!

Not only does it contain 16 grams of protein per 1 ounce serving, but it is also highly concentrated with vitamins and minerals. For example, it contains 287% of the daily requirement for vitamin A; 202% of iron; 133% of zinc, along with the B vitamin family B1, B2, B3 and B6. It is available either as a tablet or powder.

Flax

One tablespoon per day is all that is needed to get the health benefits from this superfood. What makes flax so great for people on a plant-based diet is that it contains high levels of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), an omega 3 fat which the body cannot make on its own and is hard to find in the plant world. Plus, it is a good source of fiber, keeping one full between meals, which reduces snacking, as well as lowering cholesterol.

Chia

Like flax, chia seeds are also full of omega 3; as a matter-of-fact, they contain the most omega 3 of any plant source! And they are a good source of protein, antioxidants and fiber, making them a great superfood to eat if on a weight loss journey (and who isn’t nowadays right?).

Quinoa

It’s interesting that this grain is termed “supergrain of the future” when it was a staple of the Incas three thousand years ago. But it is true; people are just now starting to “rediscover” how healthy quinoa can be. For example, its protein contains all nine essential amino acids – the building blocks of the body – and has almost twice the protein of other grain, and is energy dense, meaning it has fewer calories per volume. It is also high in fiber making it a great food if suffering with constipation or wanting to drop a few pounds.

Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be boring, Be sure to add superfoods to your diet so you are getting variety and everything you need for good health.

Great For Smoothies

There are plenty of ways to add these superfoods to ones diet. One of the best ways to do this is to put them in your favorite smoothie recipe. Just mix them with your favorite green or berry smoothie.

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