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11 Protein-Packed Vegan Foods

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Maybe you've heard the term "complete protein." It derives from the idea that there are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein, and the human body can't produce nine of them on its own. In order to be considered "complete," a protein must contain all nine of these essential amino acids in equal amounts.

The thing is, we don't need the complete amino-acid profile in every meal. We need only a sufficient amount of each amino acid daily. Dietitians confirm that plant-based foods contain a wide variety of profiles, and vegans are pretty much guaranteed to get their daily dose without even trying.


Still worried about your protein profiles? Here are 11 plant-based foods or food combos that are considered complete protein sources:

1. Buckwheat

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Buckwheat is hearty and versatile—and isn't a type of wheat at all. In fact, it's a cousin of rhubarb. Japanese buckwheat noodles or soba, are a great protein source. Check out this spicy soba noodle recipe featuring shiitake mushrooms and cabbage, or try this heavenly buckwheat porridge with figs. What the heck—here's a buckwheat pancake mix, too.

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