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3 Must Haves Every Vegan Needs In Their Diet

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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)

Nutritional Yeast

  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! Unknown-1   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.

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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.  

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