Vegan Sources of Protein
But where do you get your protein?
I remember the first time I got obsessed with protein and muscle-building, in the summer of '14, when I was living in Atlanta and decided I'd do a "dirty bulk" (AKA eating everything in sight,) to pack muscle on my always-thinish frame. I believed everything Bodybuilding.com told me, which was egg whites, whey shakes, boiled chicken (ew), and tilapia were my BFF and really the only options when it came to protein.
It took me some rewriting and rewiring of my brain, to realize how to get the protein portion of your meals without animals.So, is it as "easy" to get protein from plants vs. animals? Depends what you mean and what your needs...
If you're an average, healthy person just trying to get the RDA of protein, which is SO modest, then you aren't gonna have to think about it at all. If you're someone with high-protein goals, like a bodybuilder, like me, then it's still extremely doable, but just takes some thought. You can't just chow down on a piece of chicken, a whey shake, and some Greek Yogurt and call it a day. You can though, eat some of the following foods to easily add up to a high dose of protein, and you'll be so much healthier, more environmentally friendly, and cruelty-free, while you're at it!
Here are my favorite protein sources as a vegan!
Lentil pasta (banza or trader joe's brand) 21 grams in 1/4 packageHigh protein orgnic tofu (trader joe's) 19 grams in 1/4 of packageChickpeas 6 grams in 1/2 cupBlack beans 7 grams in 1/2 cupLentils 9 grams in 1/2 cupOats 5 grams in 1/2 cup
Tempeh 20 grams in 1/2 a package
Tofurkey Plant Based Deli Slices 13 grams in 5 slices
Brami Beans 7 grams in 51 gram servingDave's killer organic bread 12 grams in 2 slicesRipple pea protein milk 8 grams in 1 cupHemp hearts 7 grams in 2 tbspBeachbody vegan shakeology 16 grams in 1 scoopBeachbody vegan recover 20 grams in 1 scoopNugo salted pretzel bar 10 grams in 1 barBada bean snacks 7 grams in a snack packMunk pack cookie 18 grams in 1Nutritional yeast 6 grams in 2 tbspPeanut butter 5 grams in 1 tbsp
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