My Vegan Life - But What About Protein?

My Vegan Life - But What About Protein?

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My Vegan Life — Yes, No Meat Please

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 “No, I really mean it. I’m serious. No, not ever. I don’t eat meat ever.” I’ve had this exchange many times in my life. I don’t even want the foods that try to resemble meat but are vegan. I’m not sure what that’s all about, since if you don’t like meat and chicken, why would you want to eat something that looks and tastes like it, yet is vegan? 

 

There’s concern that you aren’t going to get enough protein as a vegan from those who aren’t able to fathom plant-based protein as a palatable even delicious alternative to meat. But, there is a universe of delicious plant-based foods easily accessible and affordable. 

Vegan sausages, vegan coffee latte and a vegan muffin

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I don't crave protein, but know it's essential in maintaining my overall health so I make dishes with:

Best plant-based protein sources

If you’re hoping to prioritize a plant-based diet—and still want to prioritize protein here’s the list according to https://parade.com/1125059/ashleylauretta/plant-based-protein/

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Quinoa

Though a seed, quinoa is classified as a whole grain. “This grain is a complete protein and provides 8 grams of protein per cup.

Brown rice

This whole grain is an affordable way to add protein to any meal.

Barley

If you’re looking for a heart healthy food.

Eating buckwheat will get you protein.

Whole-Grain Bread

Whole grains are a plant-based powerhouse for protein.

Whole-grain pasta

Soy

Soy, a part of the legume family, is a nutrient-dense source of protein. 

Edamame

Roughly 38 percent protein.

Lentils

 Rich in protein, lentils are actually sometimes used as a meat alternative. 

Black beans

Cooked black beans contain 7.5 grams of protein>

Pinto beans

Pinto beans are a delicious plant-based protein.

Chickpeas

Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds are one of my favorite sources of complete protein, in part to their long shelf life and versatility. 

Hemp hearts

If you take the shell off of a hemp seed, you’ll find the hemp heart, which is chewy and soft. 

Chia seeds

This complete protein (and superfood) is easy to add into a smoothie to also get fiber and plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids. 

Flaxseeds

Another favorite addition to any smoothie, dietary flaxseed is a great source of protein. 

Pumpkin Seeds

 Pumpkin seeds are, in fact, rich in protein 

Tahini

This paste is made from sesame and is an easy way to add flavor to a variety of dishes. 

Sunflower seed butter

20% of sunflower seed is protein, and Davidson notes you’ll find a caramel-like flavor when using it as a spread. 

Walnuts

Walnuts come with a lot of cardiovascular health benefits, 

Almonds

Almonds contain 21.2 percent protein by weight, which is high when compared with other nuts. “One ounce contains 6 grams of protein.

This is one of my favorite plant-based proteins.  

Cashews

This widely-consumed tree nut is high in protean.

Peanut butter

Peanuts are high in protein and can be consumed in many forms.

Tofu

When you think of a plant-based diet, tofu often comes to mind; it just so happens to be rich in protein as it is made from soybeans. 

Tempeh

Made from soybeans this is usually used in place of tofu, when a chewy texture and rich taste is preferred.  

Seitan

If you’re gluten-free you will want to steer clear of this high-protein meat alternative. 

Nutritional yeast

This is not only high in protein, but also contains many of the basic nutrients the body needs (including B vitamins). 

Spinach

This rich green favorite food is a great way to get some added protein.

This vegetable is a great source of protein along with its other cruciferous counterparts of broccoli and Brussels sprouts. 

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are 37 percent protein (and a great low-calorie option). 

Green peas

Peas are high in protein and is easily digestible.

Most often thought of only as a healthy fat, avocados are a great way to get protein.

 

 

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