Let me start by saying YES, there are Vegan Protein Sources out there! Many people think that it is impossible for vegans to get the protein that they need. It is not always easy, but it is very possible. When looking into the vegan diet, and how to get enough protein, there are a few things that you need to understand, and take into consideration.
How Much Protein Do You Need In A Day?
There are a lot of different formulas that people use to figure this out. The most common and accepted one that I have seen is simply getting .5 to .8 grams of protein per pound of body weight. So, simply take your body weight, multiply it by .5 and by .8, and you should be somewhere in between those 2 numbers. The more active that you are, the more protein that you need. If you are an athlete, you may want to change your range to .8 to 1.2 grams per pound.
Where Can You Get Complete Vegan Proteins?
When looking at Vegan Protein Sources, it can be difficult to find ones that contain all 9 of the required amino acids. The only source that I have found that contains all 9, including Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine + Crystine, Phenylalanine + Tyrosine, Valine, and Histidine is Vegan Shakeology!
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More Complete Vegan Proteins
While Shakeology is the easiest way to get your complete proteins as a vegan, it is not the only way. You can mix various fruits, vegetables and herbs. Here are some great foods that will help you meet your protein requirements!
- Beans – Most beans are good sources of protein. Soybeans lead the pack with a total of 11 g in a 4 oz serving.
- Broccoli – It is not breaking any records, but you can get a solid 4.6 g per cup
- Cauliflower - Just behind broccoli is cauliflower, providing about 3 g per cup.
- Spinach – There is a reason that Popeye loved this stuff. Cooked spinach provides you with 5.3 g per cup. That makes it a great Vegan Protein Source!