Protein on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet
By Naturopath Chantelle Bazerghi
Did you know that the worlds strongest man is vegan?! He's name is Patrick Baboumian and he is 33 year old. And he is not alone, many other athletes are now turning to a plant based diet to improve performance and general well being.
So how do you get enough protein from plants?
All proteins are made up of amino acids, which are in abundance in most plant based foods, the key is to combining them appropriately to ensure you getting the right combination to create whole proteins. Meat, fish and eggs already contain the essential amino acids needed for complete proteins but for plants you need to put the following together:
Legumes (beans and lentils) with nuts/seeds
Legumes (beans and lentils) with grains
An example of a complete protein is baked beans on toast, dahl with rice, hummus (chickpeas with sesame seeds), salad with butter beans and pine nuts, tempeh or tofu curry with rice, etc.
Ideally you want a complete protein with 2 of your meals a day on top of a rainbow of vegetables to get all the protein and other essential nutrients you need for optimal health and energy. Legumes are also very high in iron so vegetarians and vegans can't go wrong with this combo!
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