Different diets always have different ups and downs to them. On top of that, particular diets, such as entirely vegan herbivorous diets, can actually pose a threat to having deficiencies if you are not careful enough. One of the most common forms of these deficiencies is a lack of protein in the vegan diet.
If you are a vegan, a lot of the protein that you usually obtain from animal-based sources is of course gone. That’s actually a pretty significant portion of the protein that you consume daily if that’s what you are used to.
So, if you do have this deficiency, where can you go to make up for it? Well, there are actually a lot of different ways to consume the protein you need daily easily, and whether you are vegan or not, you should still be consuming most of them as a part of a balanced diet anyway.
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The first example we have of a good vegan protein source is green vegetables as a whole. Things like cabbage, kale and broccoli are all incredibly useful sources of protein. It might not be the first thing to come to mind when you’re trying to think of a protein source, but they are up there with the best of them. (And you should probably be eating 5 a day anyway…)
Quinoa is a grain/seed-based food that is growing in popularity. It’s a lot tastier than people think! It’s actually quite related to spinach. This is another great source of vegan protein, and that could actually be the reason for its growth in popularity!
Pulses & Seeds
Seeds are great as toppings or as healthy snacks and give a lot of things a good kick in texture and in taste. They cover a massive range like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, and they are all an excellent natural source of protein! Fit them in when you can!
With the vegan diet beginning to grow in popularity, more and more alternatives to meat products are coming into play, and they usually make it a point to ensure they are high in protein to compensate for it (as well as accommodate meat eaters too). That means that they are always a good healthy choice for you to get your protein fix.
Another famous source of protein is nuts. All kinds of nuts are high in protein and a great alternative to what meat often offers. Nut butter is up there too like peanut butter, but make sure that it’s a healthy variety so that you aren’t getting too much sugar in your diet either where you can.
Oats are usually associated with being a high fibre food and good for your digestive system, but they’re actually a good source of vegan protein too. They can be used in a variety of different things, and not just the usual variety either. It’s always worth baking with them and seeing what you can come up with!
Finally, soy milk. Soy milk is another of the foods on the list that seems to be ever-growing in popularity. Just like dairy milk, it offers a great way for you to get calcium and protein at the same time, and it has so many uses! Cooking, baking, or on its own, the choice is yours!
For more information on the vegan diet in general, check out this NHS link!
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