“Where do you get your protein?”
One thing that vegans often get asked is ‘where do you get your protein?’
Unfortunately, most of us have been raised to believe that we need to eat meat for protein and to drink cow’s milk for calcium (another blog on this coming up!), but this is simply not true. It may come as a surprise to some people to find out that plants do contain protein and it isn’t difficult to meet your daily protein requirements, including all essential amino acids, whilst eating a vegan diet.
Opting for plant-based protein sources is of course better for the animals, but they are also better the planet, and provide further health benefits. You can read more about that here.
“Anyone who doesn’t know how to get protein on a plant-based diet doesn’t know beans!” – Dr. Michael Greger.
You may re-call in a previous blog where I interviewed Dr. Michael Greger, I asked him about this. He said: “Beans and other legumes, such as split peas, chickpeas, or lentils, are the protein superstars of the plant kingdom, and we should ideally enjoy them every day.”
Vegan sources of protein
Tip: Whilst meat alternatives are indeed good sources of protein and taste delicious, it is advisable to get the bulk of our nutrition from whole foods. This is very easy once you realise that you can make very tasty dishes using simple ingredients like beans, legumes and tofu.
High protein recipes
Mixed bean chilli
Chickpea & Lentil Curry
Lentil and Mushroom Spaghetti Bolognaise
Crispy Ginger Tofu Stir-fry
Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers
If you are active and use a protein powder supplement, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many vegan alternatives available now. Here’s a few brands to look out for: – Vivo Life