I’ve written in the past about the whole ‘Where do you get your protein?’ question, but the most important thing to remember is that there is protein in almost ALL foods. You’d pretty much have to stop eating food altogether to avoid it, so why is it such an issue?
In my opinion, it’s because when you say you’re a vegan a kind of ‘does not compute’ reaction occurs and a non-vegan person tends to jump to the ‘I’m so concerned about your health’ approach. Don’t expect this to stop any time soon, too, but make sure you don’t let it get to you.
The fact of the matter is that we just don’t need that much protein, and for the general population that’s around .36 grams per pound of bodyweight. If you’re eating a balanced diet rich in whole foods, you’re not going to have to think twice about protein.
The No Meat Athlete said it best: “It’s as easy as adding nuts or beans to your salad, protein powder to your smoothie, almond butter on your bagel, or beans to your pasta dish (actually not an inauthentic thing to do in Italy). For snacks, eat a handful of nuts, spread some sunflower butter on your apple, make roasted chickpeas, dip a pita in some hummus… all of these add just a little bit of protein, but if you eat two or three snacks a day, it adds up.”
Some of my personal favourite sources of protein include pistachios, nut butters, leafy greens like spinach and broccoli, lentils, oats, quinoa, dark chocolate, chickpeas, nuts and chia seeds.
What are your favourite sources? Let me know in the comments!