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June 02, 2020 - Well and Good

5 Delicious Plant-Based Foods That Are Secretly Complete Proteins

5 Delicious Plant-Based Foods That Are Secretly Complete Proteins
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Probably the most obnoxious question any vegetarian or vegan gets: “Are you getting enough protein?”

The short version: Yes. It’s not that hard to get your fill of protein on a plant-based diet, thanks to many high-protein plant foods like lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and more. However, many plant-based proteins are not considered to be “complete,” making them a bit trickier.

“A complete protein is a term used to describe individual foods that are sources of all [nine] essential amino acids, which are the building blocks that form together in a variety of patterns to make proteins,” says Kelly Jones RD. These essential amino acids (EAA) must be eaten from food since humans can not make them on their own, she adds.

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