But how do you get enough protein on a vegan diet? This is probably the most common question we get asked here Atmanjai. This question is not new, it’s a question most meat eaters love to ask, so we’re here to clear things up. We’re moved on from the classic stereotype of vegan hippies, and moving into an age where veganism is more than just a trend or a cult. Vegan athletes especially have proven how we can be fit, healthy and strong on a vegan diet.
The common myth is that we are unable to obtain our daily requirements of protein on a vegan diet. However, the truth is, as humans we are actually consuming far too much protein on a daily basis. We are told left right and centre about how much protein we should be eating to build muscle and stay healthy, but quite frankly it’s too much for our bodies to handle. Consuming too much protein can actually lead to weight gain. If we don’t use up the excess protein as energy, we cannot store the amino acids as energy for later, so instead we convert it into fatty acids and store it as fat.
Contrary to popular belief, there are tons of vegan sources of protein. Pretty much all veggies contain protein. Certain grains, nuts and seeds contain high amounts of protein. For example, beans, chickpeas, almonds, tofu, lentils and quinoa are all rich sources of plant-based protein.
That’s why we love to incorporate tons of veggies into our diet here at Atmanjai. Simple things like making cashew ‘cheese’, tofu pad thai and jicama nori rolls are all amazing ways to add protein to our meals in a delicious way. Even superfoods like spirulina and chlorella contain about 60% protein. Plant-based food can provide all the essential vitamins and amino acids we need.
So as they say… eat the rainbow! Try to include a wide variety of fruits and veggies to ensure that we are getting all the vitamins and minerals we need. Now that you know some of the best vegan sources of protein, you can create a delicious and varied vegan diet without depleting your body.