Getting Enough Protein In A Vegan Diet

May 31, 2013

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A vegan diet is a great way to be conscious of what you are eating. With very few processed foods in a vegan diet, you know exactly what you are putting into your body and that can make a considerable difference with your health and weight loss.
Yet you may find that making sure you are getting enough protein in your diet without animal products can be difficult. But you don’t need to worry. With a little bit of planning and forethought you can make sure that you are eating protein rich, plant based foods that will keep your full and satisfied while still being safely vegan.

Nut Butter
One of the easiest and most pleasant ways to get a lot of protein into a vegan diet is through nut butters. Cashew butter, almond butter and peanut butter all pack the kind of protein punch that you need to meet your daily goals. Paired with whole grain sprouted bread, you can get almost double the amount of protein you would get from traditional bread and jam.

quinoa_lentils.jpgQuinoa
An incredibly versatile way for you to fit protein into your diet, quinoa is a gluten free grain that you can eat with just about anything. A good base for meals, quinoa can work as the beginnings of a pasta dish or even a sweetened breakfast dish. Pretty much anything you would use rice for, you could use quinoa for.

Tofu
The most inexpensive item on the list, tofu is a great way to get protein into your diet in relatively small portions. You can use tofu as a replacement for some meats in meals and it scrambles just like eggs for those who miss the sensation. Even if you were never fond of meat, Tofu is still a great edition to your diet. It grills well and words wonders in a salad for texture and protein content.

Lentils
Do you miss the simple joy of a good burger now that you’re on a vegan diet? Then lentils are going to be your best friend. These protein packed little guys are great mixed into rice and they press into great vegan burgers. On the grill, these burgers taste wonderful with none of the animal products in them.

Tempeh
Not exactly well known, this Indonesian soy product packs a huge punch when it comes to protein intake. One cup of tempeh will give you 30 grams of protein. That is as much as five whole eggs or a large hamburger patty. Tempeh is cooked very similarly to tofu, which makes it an easy substitution into your diet.

Getting enough protein in your diet while vegan isn’t as hard as some think. All it takes is a conscious outlook when it comes to your meals, and eating a wide amount of foods each day. Dark, leafy greens are also a great source of protein. Making intelligent and varied choices will help you to meet your daily goals without becoming tired of eating the same foods over and over again.

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