But Where Do You Get Your Protein....?
Whewwww...you know what I hear a lot?Like, a LOT?
(but now you won't have to anymore ;)
"How do you get enough protein!?"
WELL. Here are my top 5 ways. But before I give you those, let me just point something out.
First of all, our nation has a total obsessively unhealthy love affair with protein. "Got Milk?" and "beef, it's what for dinner," are just two pieces of evidence for that. We're obsessed with it, and chances are you were raised to think you needed to drink milk and eat animal products to grow up big and strong.
The only problem is, that's actually false.
I won't get massively in depth here because if you're actually curious or dubious, check out the book Proteinaholic by Garth Davis, for more data and research and medical sciencey info than you could ever need, BUT even the standard USA dietary recommendations suggest most people get around 50 grams a day. (By the way, I'm in no way a doctor or nutritionist, this is just all from my personal research--and you can go do a quick Google search and double check all this).
Most Americans though, get wayyy more than that! As a vegan, I still get way more than that! If you're eating a balanced diet of lots of veggies, grains, legumes, fruit, and fat, it really adds up, and you certainly don't need to be eating milk, dairy, eggs, or meat, at all, to get plenty each day. Like no doctor ever, in the U.S., has actually treated a protein deficiency. It just isn't a thing y'all.You know what they are treating daily? Obesity and chronic disease. Not protein deficiency.
I'll stop now before I get really into the weeds about all the corruption, tax write-offs, and inner dealing that goes on between the meat and dairy industry in this country, and the U.S. government. You're welcome :)
Suffice it to say, I am getting well over the USDA recommended amount of protein per day, without even trying, and I know because I counted the grams for a while.I am gaining muscle and am healthier than I have ever been in my life, by all normal medical tests and blood work standards.
So FINALLY, here are my favorite vegan protein sources!
Just 1 cup of this psuedo-grain (it's actually a seed) has 8 grams of protein. I eat it as a breakfast porridge, over salads or in soup, or instead of rice.
Easy, cheap, and super versatile. And in a half cup, you'll get 6-9 grams of protein. I eat some type of taco, burrito, or mexican salad every day just about, and always have black beans or refried black beans.
Lately my love of chick peas (or garbanzo beans, same diff) has been taking off. I make a mean "chicken" salad with mashed chick peas, celery, relish, vegan mayo or avocado, and spices, but the options are endless. A cup has 12 grams of protein!
I don't know why everyone is icked out by tofu, but 99% sure it's because they haven't prepared it right! It can take on any flavor you want, but I usually bake it in the oven or and fry it up in a skillet or make BBQ tofu and sliced onions. A half cup of the extra firm variety has 10 grams. Trader Joes makes a DOPE "extra firm" version with extra protein if you really need to go wild!
5. Vegan Shakeology
In all honestly, I don't have the other items on this list EVERY day, but I have my shakeology without fail every single day, and that right there wipes out about 20 grams of the 50 I need, plus my multi vitamin, probiotic, and a whoooleeee lot of other nutrients and enzymes. That's a no brainer for me, and I'll drink it every single day of my life :)
If you want more info on any of these or need any recipes, holler at me!
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