One of the most common questions asked to people who follow a vegan lifestyle are … “Where do you get your protein?” Well, if you have ever pondered this question yourself or are curious about taking the plunge into a healthy vegan lifestyle, look no further, I’ve got the scoop! … – Ha “scoop” see what I did there! 😉
One of the first steps you can take towards making the change to a vegan lifestyle is to switch to a natural plant based protein powder. Drinking a protein shake or protein packed smoothie right after a workout is the best way to ensure that your body gets the muscle building nutrients it needs to recover and grow stronger. A plant based protein powder is the best option because it is all natural! Not only is it just as effective as whey protein in building muscle, gaining strength, and aiding in recovery, but plant based protein is much healthier as well. Plant based proteins are much easier to digest than dairy products and don’t contain heavily proccessed additives or artificial sweeters found in whey protein. The main reason I love Self-Made is because their brand is focused on building muscle and burning fat all with natural plant based ingredients! It’s a win-win!
Besides drinking chocolately protein deliciousness after your daily workout, there are also other plant based protein sources you can add to your meal plan. Here are some great food options to consider and to finally put this curious protein question to rest!
Plant Based Protein Sources:
Veggie Burger – Veggie burgers usually have 10 or more grams of protein per patty, depending on the brand.
Peanut Butter – Peanut Butter, cashew butter, & almond butter are high in protein and are versatile options to include in your meals. Go for an all natural brand to avoid artificial sweeteners!
Tofu – Tofu is made from soy milk and is a great source of amino acids, iron, calcium and other micro-nutrients.
Tempeh – Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake packed with a huge protein boost of 41 grams per serving!
Avocado – Avocados contain high amounts of protein, vitamin c, iron and healthy fats! They are great to eat alone as a snack, add to salads, or as a creamy ingredient substitute for mayonnaise.
Beans – Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and garbanzo beans make healthy high protein additions to almost any dish. They are great for veggie burritos or bowls, and even as a meat substitute in spaghetti sauce!
Lentils – Lentils are a great source of protein to add to soups, stews, and salads.
Quinoa – Packed with about 9 grams of protein per cup, quinoa is a great substitute for rice.
Peas – With about 10 grams of protein per cup, peas are a great addition to soup, salad, or eaten as a side dish.
Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, and sunflower seeds are a great protein packed savory snack to go for when you’re craving potato chips!
More plant based protein options…
Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Asparagus, Romaine Lettuce, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Almonds, Sweet Potato, Mushrooms, Edamame, Spirulina, Seitan, Wild Rice, Brown Rice, Black-Eyed Peas, Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Oatmeal, Whole-Wheat Bread, Walnuts, Bean Sprouts, Pasta, Figs, Goji Berries, Brazil Nuts, Macca Roots, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds …
…. As you can see, the list goes on!
There you have it folks! I hope this bit of plant based protein information eases your mind of protein curiousity for the vegan lifestyle and inspires you to make some healthier food choices in your meal planning. Now go give some of these protein packed meatless options a try! 🙂
XOXO – Bethany Grantham
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