But, where do you
get your protein from?
Anyone who is a vegan has been asked this question numerous times. But, where do you get your protein from?
Well, after a sigh of frustration, the answer is this: EVERYTHING that you put in your mouth has protein in it. We are living in a protein obsessed society, however, as long as you eat a balanced diet, you are highly unlikely to be protein deficient.
People talk about the term “complete protein”. This refers to amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein and 9 that the body cannot produce on its own. These are called essential amino acids. For a protein to be considered “complete”, it needs to contain all 9 of these essential amino acids in roughly equal amounts.
With that being said… bodybuilders who live on 67 eggs and 52 chicken breasts a day are not doing themselves, the chickens or the earth any favours. Just google Vegan bodybuilders, beautiful humans inside an out, who compete with the best of the best, very often being the best. An example being:
Billy popped up on my google search… and boy was I pleased he did. What a great role model, healthy body, healthy mind, healthy life…no animals harmed!
Still worried about your protein profiles? Here is an article published by PETA which shows 11 plant-based foods or food combos that are considered complete protein sources:
1. 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.
2. Hummus and pita might already be one of your go-to snacks. If you haven’t ever made hummus from scratch, we suggest that you take the plunge. Try this recipe to take your love of hummus to new heights.
3. You have to give it up for soy. Whether it’s in the form of tofu, tempeh, or edamame beans, it’s a powerful food that offers cardiovascular benefits, helps prevent prostate and colon cancers, decreases hot flashes in menopausal women, and protects against osteoporosis. Love a quick breakfast sandwich? Try this tempeh “bacon” sandwich. If you’re more of the lunch-sandwich type, we recommend this Vietnamese tofu bánh mì sandwich. And here are six other fun ways to prepare tofu.
4. Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds are a good snack to have on hand.
5. Peanut butter toast?! (Or bagel, or english muffin.) Don’t you love it when your favorite snack is also a complete protein source?
6. Hemp is pretty much a miracle plant. Rich in fatty acids linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3), hemp seeds are said to aid digestion, lower your risk of developing heart disease, and relieve symptoms of PMS and menopause. Just three teaspoons of hemp protein powder contains 15 grams of protein. That’s 30 percent of your daily value! Check out this delicious hemp milk and this mouthwatering hemp and beet burger that no cow had to die for. Navitas Organics offers a sizeable selection of healthy hemp products and supplements.
7. Beans and rice, anyone? But of course. Take a look at this rice, bean, and kale bowl with lemon-dill tahini.
9. Ezekiel bread is made from sprouted grains, which significantly increase the bread’s fiber and nutrient content. They also make it easier to digest.
10. Ah, quinoa! We love you so. Check out these tasty quinoa recipes.
11. Spirulina is considered a “superfood” and, when combined with grains, oats, nuts, or seeds, forms a complete protein. Add spirulina powder to your next morning smoothie.
Here are some more protein-packed vegan foods.
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