Where to get vegan protein is one of the most frequent questions I’m asked by people who are curious about becoming vegan or vagan, as more than one person has pronounced it. Many people approach an all-plant diet as a real curiosity. Perhaps the meat industry has them absolutely persuaded that animal products are the best protein source.
From what I have read and learned from long experience as a vegan, there is very little risk of vegans developing a protein deficiency from their diets. Many products are available that have vegan protein in them. There are vegan protein recipes, and one can add vegan protein powder to just about anything. I rarely find it necessary to resort to vegan protein shakes or vegan protein supplements unless I’m in unusual circumstances.
When I’ve been traveling or had a family member who was very ill in the hospital, I’ve had to diverge from my usual vegan diet. At those times, I’ve had excellent reasons to look for alternative sources of vegan protein. It seemed wise to bring along a vegan protein powder to add to juices and other beverages I could get wherever I went. I still tried to get most of my nutrients from the plant-based foods I could locate, but supplementation was helpful.
Because I could generally find fruit anywhere, a protein powder allowed me to get a wholesome, high protein shake even in a hospital cafeteria or a coffee shop when traveling. Such vegan protein shakes are very useful in these situations, but I don’t usually rely upon them.
I do, however, sometimes make vegan protein pancakes for my family when they visit. They adore them. I very much prefer to keep my food as close to natural sources as possible. I particularly like my food to be fresh and raw. I really want to know what is in the foods I consume. I prefer to prepare my own vegan protein bar recipe and vegan protein shake recipe. They are wonderful and I am quite sure my protein shakes have healthy powder in them.
In all of this discussion of vegan protein sources, I do want to emphasize that most of the protein vegans need can come from grains, beans, and nuts. An especially rich protein source is in the pseudo grains that are really a form of seed. These include quinoa, millet, and amaranth. They cook just like brown rice, barley, or other grains. Quinoa has a very nutty flavor and has a low glycemic index for people who are concerned about their blood sugar.
I find a really great and quick meal can result from cooking some quinoa and sautéing some vegetables. Toss it together and one feels one has a substantial meal with all the protein one is likely to need for that meal at least. I think of quinoa as a real power food.
Where to get vegan protein is mostly asked with anxiety by those who have the mistaken idea that foods must always be combined at every meal to make complete protein. This concept was refuted long ago. Nonetheless, it is not hard at all to be sure one gets plenty of protein at every meal if one follows a sensible vegan diet.
Learning where or how to get the proteins and all the other essential nutrients on a vegan diet is easy because here at Vegan Blogger.com I provide vegan recipes and answer questions relating to why be vegan and much more. All you need to do is look through all my pages.
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