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List of Low-Protein Foods & Drinks

author image Diana Gamble
Diana Gamble's health-oriented articles have been published in magazines such as "The Natural Journal" since 2007. She earned certifications for massage therapy and nutritional consulting from the North Carolina School of Holistic Medicine. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Asheville with a Bachelor of Arts in literature.
List of Low-Protein Foods & Drinks
Three yogurt smoothies each with fresh fruit. Photo Credit: OlenaMykhaylova/iStock/Getty Images

Low-protein drinks and foods are available in abundance. The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine recommends eating vegetarian or vegan diets and explain that diets with too much protein can lead to kidney disease. Even vegetables contain protein, although relatively smaller amounts compared with animal protein.

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Green Drinks With Spirulina

Green drinks usually have a mild protein derived from greens and blue green algae, such as spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella and broccoli. You can find this low-protein drink at health food stores, conventional grocery stores and most gas stations. Green drinks are typically combined with fruit juices and purees from fruits like apples, bananas, kiwi, pineapple and mango. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that contains a high amount of protein per weight compared with other foods. For example, 1 tbsp. of spirulina powder contains that same amount of protein as an egg. Less than 1 tbsp. of spirulina is added to most green drinks, and the green drink usually contains about 2 g of protein per bottle.

Fruit Smoothie

Most fruits do not contain protein; however, bananas contain a minute amount. To add a little more than 1 g of protein, add 1 tbsp. of nut butter or a half cup of yogurt. Add your favorite fruits for a drink that is freshly made and packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which are beneficial in preventing illness and cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Whole-grain Carbohydrates

Whole grains are unrefined and considered complex carbohydrates. You can find them as whole grain sandwich bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice pasta. The main reason whole grains contain more protein than refined or white grains, is because it still contains the protein part of the grain that usually is removed during refinement.


Flaxseed offers plenty of health benefits for health issues, such as inflammation, heart disease, digestion, cancer and other issues, plus it is low in protein. Inflammation is one of the root causes of many illnesses, according to the Women to Women Clinic. Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. People use flaxseed oil on salads as part of their dressing. Flaxseed meal is ground flaxseed and is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which reduces cholesterol, which is reported by the American Dietetic Association. If you purchase whole flaxseeds, grind them before you eat them so that your body can absorb its nutrients. Sprinkle it onto oatmeal, yogurt, smoothie or cereal.

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