Clean Protein Options

Clean Protein Options | Lean and Green Body

Almonds 

Almonds are a good source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Nuts are not a complete protein because they do not contain the full amino acid profile, but are a great addition to your diet. Almonds are packed with 30 grams of protein per one cup. 

Spirulina 

Spirulina is a true superfood. It is approximately 70% complete protein in its natural state, much higher than most unprocessed foods. The protein in spirulina is approximately 90% digestible, with no cellulose in the cell walls, it is very easy for the body to break down and digest. 

Wild Fish 

Not all fish is created equal. It’s extremely important to know where your fish comes from and always go for wild caught. Consuming farmed fish is the same as consuming caged chickens; their diet is not pure, they are often sick, and many are full of antibiotics and other chemicals. 

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Quinoa 

Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids and an excellent addition to your weekly diet. Quinoa contains 8 grams of protein per one cup. This is an easy-to-cook grain and can be substituted for rice or pasta in almost every dish. 

Cage Free Eggs 

Cage Free is essential when it comes to eggs. Caged chickens produce eggs that can be more difficult to digest, less nutrient dense, and come from chickens that have been loaded with antibiotics and chemicals. Cage Free eggs are rich in many essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies require on a daily basis. 

Hemp Seeds 

Hemp seeds do not contain gluten, soy, or dairy and are perfect for those with food allergies. One tablespoon of hemp seeds contains only 40 calories and 5 grams of protein. These seeds can be sprinkled on your yogurt, smoothie bowl, or even on top of your salad. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids, and are easy for your body to digest. 

Clean Protein Options | Lean and Green Body

Chia Seeds 

Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein (approximately 5 grams of protein in 2 tablespoons), and the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. These tiny seeds are nutrient dense and easy for your body to break down and utilize. 

Lentils 

Lentils are a clean protein, but they are not a complete protein unless they are combined with a grain such as rice or quinoa. Lentils are a great source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber - keeping you full! 

Pea and Rice Proteins

Pea and rice proteins are hypoallergenic and are suitable for almost everyone. These gentle proteins are generally free of dairy, gluten, and soy. They are easily digestible. Pea and rice proteins can help you reach your health and fitness goals. They have been shown to be effective for muscle building, keeping you satiated, and helping you recover from your workouts. 

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.