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Where Do You Get Your Protein?

“Where do you get your protein!?”. A common question asked by many non-vegans, often accompanied by a look of sheer bewilderment and mild concern. So next time you are confronted by the Protein Police, here’s what you tell them!

Leafy Green Vegetables
These are an amazing source of protein and they can be used in so many different ways, cook up some bok choy in a veggie stir-fry, blend some spinach into a green smoothie, bake some kale into crunchy snacks (kale chips…can I get an amen!)

Soy
Another versatile vegan-friendly food is soy in it’s various varieties. Have soy milk over your cereal or in your smoothies, snack on some edamame or cook up some seasoned tofu.

Avocado
Packing in roughly 10g of protein per avocado, this is a great protein provider, not to mention the healthy fats and vitamin E that this bad-boy will give you. Use puréed avocado as a spread or add avocado slices to your salad for a rich and creamy addition to your meal.

Legumes
Legumes, specifically lentils and beans, should be a staple to any meat-free diet. A cup of lentils will provide you with 18g of protein, add them into your soups and stews for an added protein punch. Pinto beans, kidney beans and black beans are also good sources. Make some homemade refried beans with some pinto beans or add some kidney beans to your brown rice.

Nuts and Seeds
Nuts are the perfect snack. Eat them on their own or bind them with some dates and dried fruit and make vegan protein snack bars. Don’t forget about the power of seeds, sprinkle some on your salad or whip up some baba ganoush with some tahini (sesame seed paste).

Grains
Grains are another varied protein source. Porridge is a satisfying and tasty breakfast choice, especially during the colder months. Quinoa can provide around 9g of protein per cup and makes for a fun addition to a rocket salad or as a healthy accompaniment to any meal.

 

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