The Importance of Protein
The assumption an omnivorous diet contains more protein is a myth and you can definitely get an adequate amount of protein from following a plant-based lifestyle.
Why is it important?
Protein is not just important for those looking to build and maintain muscle but also an essential component of every cell in the human body (hair, nails, immune system, hormones etc). Without protein, life as you know it would not be possible! A high protein intake is also associated with increased fullness after meals and reduced food intake.
How much should I be consuming?
As a rule of thumb, we should be consuming 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight. For an average person trying to keep fit and healthy, then simply eating high quality protein with most of your meals, along with nutritious plant foods should bring your intake to an optimal range. However it is not just about the quantity but also the quality.
It can be harder to get an adequate intake of complete protein sources (ones that contain all 9 essential amino acids) when following a vegetarian or vegan diet because complete sources of protein are mainly found in animal foods (meat, fish, and dairy).
As long as you are eating a wide variety of different plant proteins then you will likely be getting all the essential amino acids your body needs because combining incomplete plant protein sources can result in a complete source (rice and beans for example). Whole grains, legumes, nuts and soya products are all great plant-based sources of protein that you can find in our grocery section.
Our top 3 high-protein meals to try out are:
- Chili Con Tofu – A hearty and warming mexican inspired dish containing soya chunks and beans. The delicious mexican flavour and meaty texture of the soya chunks will be sure to make you second guess whether it is vegan or not! We love to pair it with some quinoa or brown rice!
- German Lentil Soup – At only 250 calories, high in protein and a source of fibre this is the perfect quick and balanced lunch that is sure to keep you full.
- Saitan Stroganoff – this dish is not just delicious but it contains heaps of protein to.
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