Let me just clarify- I am not vegan, nor do I know if I will ever be vegan. As you can see, I eat things like eggs and dairy (sometimes). That being said- I do try to live as much of a plant based lifestyle as I can, because I feel like my body feels better by doing so. But, I don’t think I will ever go vegan because I like eating eggs and dairy. One of the things people think vegan’s struggle with is getting protein in. I’m here today to prove this statement wrong. Getting protein in is very easy for a vegan, and here are six ways how.
1.) Tempeh / Tofu- I LOOOVVVVEEEE tempeh. It is my favorite protein source, vegan or not. I like it stir- fried, I like it baked, heck- I like it raw. It’s so flavorful when cooked correctly, and for 1/3 of a block, you get about 16 grams of protein! If you live in the US, get yours at Trader Joes- it’s $1.99 compared to $3.99 everywhere else. Tofu is not up there on my loves list, but I do enjoy it. However, you do have to get the extra firm, because they it is less gooey and cooks better.
2.) Beans- Beans are probably the cheapest source on this list. You can find them anywhere, and they’re usually around .99 cents a can (at least in the United States). There’s an abundance of different types- pinto, black, garbanzo, kidney, etc. I think that garbanzo (also known as chickpeas) are my favorite. You can roast em up like I did here, which is incredibly tasty.
3.) Quinoa- Yeah, yeah, yeah. Quinoa is the newest fad right now, but let me tell you- I am OBSESSED. I eat it so often, and that’s coming from someone who is not vegan. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein, but even without the one cup, the grains still fill you up pretty well.
4.) Lentils- Going off quinoa, lentils are PACKED with protein. One cup of cooked lentils cottons 19 grams (!!!!!!) of protein, and let me tell you- they really fill you up. When I have lentils, I often have trouble finishing them because they’re so filling. I will say that you should cook them with spices to give them a lot more flavor.
5.) Edamame- But… that’s a veggie?? Yeah, it is. However, it’s and extremely filling veggie. One serving of edamame contains about eight grams of plant protein, plus other micronutrients. So… eat up!
6.) Nuts / Nut Butters- This one is very self explanatory. Nuts are nuts, and everyone knows about them. However, they’re often forgotten about being a vegan source for protein because… well- almost everyone eats them. It’s not just the protein levels- the healthy fats in a serving of nuts also helps with keeping you full and satisfied for hours.
What are your favorite ways to get protein in as a vegan?
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