A question vegans will always be asked is “but where do you get your protein?” The truth is that we get it from the same place as the animals… plants! Plant protein is healthier for us than meat so its a much better idea to obtain it straight from the source (more about this here). When you eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds etc you will get more than enough vegan protein to meet your recommended daily intake. The great thing about getting it from plants is you also get plenty of healthy fibre.
But where do you get your protein?
There’s a useful youtube video below which shows just how much protein is derived from 3 simple and delicious vegan meals… a breakfast, lunch and dinner.
How do I know how much is enough?
Another helpful tool is the free ‘cronometer’ app (or website if you don’t have a smartphone https://cronometer.com). Its easy to use and allows you to log your food intake to check how you are doing on all vitamins and minerals. I strongly recommend doing that for a couple of weeks every now and then. Its really interesting to check in with yourself and you might be surprised to see where you are doing well and not so well. For me my protein and fibre was off the scale and it was my calcium that needed a boost.
What if I want more than the recommended daily intake?
There are other sources of protein in the vegan armoury, namely tofu, tempeh and seitan. You’ll also find plenty of powders and bars on the market if you really want to ramp it up a notch. So theres really no need to worry about your protein intake. In fact as long as you remember the vegan mantra “beans and greens” and incorporate them regularly into your new diet you shouldn’t need to worry about much at all. Except maybe getting some extra toilet paper in!
Next time someone asks where you get your protein from you can just whip out your megaphone and broadcast “beans and greens!”.
Video taken from SweetPotatoSoul youtube channel