Pea protein: It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like, a plant-based protein that's been extracted from peas, yellow ones. The process for isolating the protein is a lot less scary than you might expect: manufacturers simply mill dried peas into flour, separate the starch from the protein, and then use the protein as a food additive in everything from almond milk to vegan meatballs.
But even if you are the furthest thing from a vegetable-lover — like, your idea of eating your veggies amounts to the lettuce and tomato on your beloved BLT — you still ought to give pea protein a chance, and here's why:
It's surprisingly high in protein. An average serving of pea protein isolate has about 20 grams of highly bioavailable protein. That's more than three times the amount of protein in a large egg, twice the protein as 10 almonds, and equal to the amount of protein in a hamburger.
It's super hypoallergenic. Pea protein is naturally dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free. So if you are allergic or avoiding any of these foods — no problem!
It has a neutral flavor. Looking to amp up the protein in your go-to pancakes, muffins, or bread recipe? Look no further than pea protein. Unlike most protein powders out there (think: very, very vanilla), the flavor is pretty much unflavored.
It's all about diversity. Even if you're perfectly content with your current sources of protein, why not throw pea into the mix? A healthy diet is a diverse diet, and we see pea protein as part of that diversity.