We raw/vegans have a lot of people questioning our diets and lifestyles, at least that is the case for most of us at some point in our journey. Some more than others, families question our choices, how will our friends cook meals for us, we must be starving all the time, that food can’t taste good etc. Oh well now we can’t forget this big one, “you can’t possibly be getting enough protein living this way”!! Ha boy do we ever hear that one a lot. Its funny though because more Raw and or Vegan people seem to have quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to the food they are eating, its nutrients and benefits etc. Don’t you agree? Of course there are also a great deal of vegans who don’t pay much attention to what they eat, and yes there is a good chance they may be missing certain things including protein, but at the same time non-vegans can also be in that category. So why the heck are we getting all the slack then, what’s that about!?
It seems at least for the past generations we have been raised and taught to think that the only sources of protein in the diet come from animals. Sound about right? Lucky for us over the years these ideas have changed and we have opened our eyes to so many more high protein sources that come from all sorts of things, animals not needing to be one. First of all if you are a vegan and you like to eat fruit and veggies ( which most of us do) then right there is a protein source. Dark leafy greens added to a juice or smoothie are a great source as well. Certain grains including quinoa and amaranth are super sources and filling options too. Nuts and seeds are packed with protein too!! Most of these items are easy to obtain and are included in most peoples diets ( except for those with nut allergies of course).
Thing is there are soooooooo many more great options as well. Not everyone is familiar with or likes the taste of Spirulina but in the Raw/Vegan world it is a real beauty. Packed with highly digestible protein ( loads more digestible that meat by the way and without being acidic) Spirulina is anywhere from 65-85% digestible. Awesome!! Spirulina contains no cellulose so it is quickly digested and absorbed by the body making it a fabulous choice for us. Its easily mixed into smoothies, sprinkled on salads oh and it goes lovely with raw cacao!!
Let’s not forget the wonderful power hemp!! These little tiny seeds are a fantastic source of protein as well. They contain all of the essential amino acids ( proteins that our body can not produce on its own, making it “essential” for us to get them from diet) and again they are easily digested and absorbed by the body. Not only that but they are packed with essential fatty acids too, promoting a strong immune system and much much more. Hemp is also super versatile, it can be taken in powdered form and added to smoothies, seeds can be sprinkled on pretty much anything from salads, granolas to fruit or really whatever your heart desires!! And hemp milk is super tasty too. Mixed with a date or two and a teaspoon of cacao, oh what a yummy protein packed chocolate milk!!
Protein is a big player in the fitness world too and people have often said ” you better not work out too hard, you are a vegan and don’t get enough protein you can’t possibly build muscle that way” . Well when a person works out yes the first that comes to mind may be protein but really if we are looking to build muscle protein is not the only thing we need to consume in order to achieve that, we must reach a proper balance with everything. Carbs and good fats included there. Side note, Raw/Vegans tend to have a great deal of good fats in their diets!! 🙂
Speaking of working out have you tried SunWarrior Rice Protein blend? It is a Rice Protein Powder like no other really, it is a fusion of unique raw, plant based protein sources which are easily digestible and very nutrient dense. It is a perfect protein combination for not only building muscle but as well for weight management, curbing appetite and even boosting energy. Oh and it tastes great! Simply blend a spoonful in your favourite smoothie and off you go 🙂 http://www.upayanaturals.com/Sun_Warrior_Protein_Vanilla_2_2_lbs_p/sun-003.htm
We have really only highlighted a few of our most favourite protein sources here but don’t think for a second that they stop there, in upcoming blogs we will continue to talk about more great sources as well as sources of other much needed nutrients as well, including iron, silica etc.
So what do you think? Are you confident you get enough protein in your diet? If you are vegan chances are you do, veggies, superfoods etc are non acidic and therefore digest easily without creating negative affects on the body that consuming acidic foods do . These protein sources are the best!!
Do you deal with a lot of unsupportive people when it comes to your lifestyle and protein? Hopefully this helps to at least keep a few people off your back!!
Ahhh now time to sit back and enjoy a protein packed hemp and mango smoothie!! See you next week 🙂