“How do you get protein if you are vegan???”

Jul 1st, 2013

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Category: Top Vegan Swaps & Product Reviews

“How do you get protein if you are vegan???”

protein-cartoonIf you haven’t gotten it already, be prepared to hear the phrase, “How do you get your protein?” a million and one times when you inform someone that you are vegan or mostly vegan. It’s a very reasonable question, and its helpful to have an “elevator pitch” of sorts prepared in response.

So check this out… I’m in the line at Whole Foods, and the lady behind me asks, “Wow, I want to know what you do to have legs like that!” (yes, this type of scenario happens quite frequently!) I reply, “Well thank you! Besides kickboxing & the variety of workouts I do, I am vegan and eat a plant-based diet which keeps me in the best possible shape!”

The lady immediately asks, “But you have great muscle definition… how do you get your protein?” To which I answer, “Its simple! I get plenty of the top quality protein found in vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, peas, beans, quinoa, and other whole grains. By cutting out animal products that are so harmful to our health (not to mention animals, and environment), I am full of energy and look and feel better than ever!”

Nuts-MuscleThe lady looks intrigued and a bit confused so I say, “Have you ever seen Forks Over Knives?”

“No, what’s that?”

“A must-see documentary with all the health facts on the subject from a scientific standpoint. Its fascinating! ForksOverKnives.com, definitely check it out!” And then I hand her my card so she can  find the information on my website, but unless you are coaching people on nutrition, you probably will skip that part ;)

Anyway, its really important to help spread the word about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Its a good deed to say the least, and necessary to spread awareness and actually ultimately saving people’s lives! Depending on where you live, you may find that using the term, “plant-based diet,” engages people more than “vegan.” In many areas of the country, many people don’t even know what vegan means, and if they do, they may attribute it to weirdo, hippie, liberal, granola-head-type people whom turn them off.

If you don’t feel like you are eating a wide enough variety of plant foods to meet your needs, you can always supplement with a vegan protein powder. I recommend pea & rice protein as opposed to soy. The research is somewhat mixed, but I think its best to keep your soy intake moderate, especially for men, I like to save it for dishes with tofu, meat substitutes, and edamame (I go to sushi restaurants often and always get the edamame appetizer.)

SunWarriorProtein

I discovered Sun Warrior brand protein many years ago and have always found it to be one of my top picks. I think it has the best texture (not gritty at all) and taste of any proteins I’ve tried. They have their Classic Protein, which is made from brown rice, and a Blended Protein. I much prefer the regular over the blended, but everyone has different options about these things.

Sun Warrior brand products

Sun Warrior Classic Protein, Vanilla/Chocolate

Vega, is another company that makes a great vegan protein. Vegan Sport Performance Blend has a mix of plant protein (soy free), and also tastes good. This protein powder also contains a branched chain amino acid complex, L-Glutamine, and a digestive enzyme blend which are great additions to a shake! This probably accounts for the higher price. Vega, like Sun Warrior, is also a trusted, quality company.

VegaProtein

Vega Sport Performance Protein

Both of these powders can be blended or shaken with water or a milk substitute (almond, coconut, rice, hemp, etc.) and can be used alone as a quick protein blast, or added to a shake or smoothie.

Here are two more “Sexy Fit Vegan™ Approved” proteins to give you more options!

Raw Protein Garden of lifePlant Fusion Protein

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DISCUSSION 8 Comments

  1. Ronni Margolin August 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Ella, the cartoon at the top is perfect! Why are people so focused on protein (as if protein deficiencies are a big problem among shoppers at Whole Foods!) when so many of our most common health problems can be resolved by avoiding animal products!

    Thank you for helping people realize that vegan living is healthy — and that we never have to feel “deprived!”

    • Ella Magers August 16, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Thank you for the Ronni… it really is amazing how much emphasis is put on making sure we get enough protein, when animal protein is exactly what is making us sick!!!

  2. Cody Patrick August 13, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Having grown up as a normal meat and potatoes kind of guy I used to think that I couldn’t get protein anywhere but from meat. As I have grown wiser and started to listen to my body I find that I respond much better to vegan protein supplements. I feel less gastric distress and my energy levels are much higher. Vega is my choice these days.

    • Ella Magers August 16, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Thanks for sharing Cody, I think you speak for a lot of guys out there. And Vega’s Performance Protein is a great product and easy way to boost your daily protein intake for building lean muscle.

  3. Carrie August 13, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I love sun warrior protein! Thanks for recommending Ella! I also totally agree with getting protein from foods other than
    meat. I get most of my protein from quinoa, Edamme, sun warrior protein with almond milk, banana and blueberries.There are also a lot of great meat substitutes out there now that actually taste really good! And, tofu gets a bad rap as there are a lot of great tofu recipes.
    I’ve trained with Ella and I’ve learned a lot
    about healthy eating and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and still have fun and eat stuff I like!

    • Ella Magers August 16, 2013 at 12:25 am

      I hope you are sharing all this with your friends and family Carrie. It sounds like you have made some really positive changes in your lifestyle that are working great for you!

  4. brian deutsch August 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    what a great article on proteins for vegans, incredibly helpful, thanks ella

  5. susan schenck August 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    “Forks over Knives” really is a powerful documentary with important information for everyone who wants to make informed choices about what they eat.

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