If you’re a vegan or vegetarian then I’m sure you’ve been asked at least once before “how do you get your protein?” I know I have! There are some important foods that I believe all vegans should consume in their diet for optimal health. My Top 3 Favorites are listed below, the first one being my absolute fave!
Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder (Vanilla)
Spirulina is a blue-green algae (I know, sounds nasty) that is about 60% protein and contains all nine amino acids! It’s a superfood and I highly recommend you consume it daily. The best way I get it into my family’s mouths is through smoothies. Yes, you can sprinkle it in salads but you may end up with green teeth! Not attractive. Just a small spoonful a day into a fruit-filled smoothie does the trick. Counteract any bitter flavor with frozen bananas or dates and you’re good to go! Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder (Vanilla) is one of my all-time favorite protein powders. My kids (and hubby) train on a regular basis which means they need all the protein they can get. I’ve tried many-a-brands of protein powders, some of which I like, most of which I do not. Trader Joe’s has a great Hemp Protein Powder that we love and Vega has a good berry flavored one. But I find the ingredients in the Sun Warrior brand to be a bit superior. Just a scoop into a frothy banana chai smoothie does the trick!
Nutritional Yeast is something I’ve used since I first began my vegan journey back in 2008 as recommended by Alicia Silverstone in her book The Kind Diet. Filled with B12, a critical vitamin vegans need on a daily basis, these cheezy flavored flakes taste great on almost anything! I love making a raw, vegan Sunflower Seed Dip with them. Video recipe here.
In addition to my favorite 3, foods like lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds along with sea vegetables, fruits, veggies (preferably dark leafy greens!), grains (some are fortified with B12, an important-to-get nutrient for non-carnivores) and my favorite, quinoa are all worth filling up on. Whew. I’m outta breath!
Now I want to hear from you! What are your favorite superfoods, sources of plant protein or most yummy, nutrient-dense foods? Leave a comment below! I love hearing ideas from other like-minded people.