First things first, you don't need to eat animals in order to get sufficient amounts of protein - this is a falacy. You can live, be healthy and thrive without eating animals. ⁣ Secondly, there are an abundance of plant-based proteins aka vegan proteins. ⁣ ⁣ 👉 Protein is made up of amino acids. There are 21 of them, 9 of which are essential that you need from food.⁣ ⁣ I often hear people say that animal based protein is better for your body because it's complete protein. This is false since your body is smart and can combine amino acids. As long as you are eating an array of foods that contain protein your body will do it's job.⁣ ⁣ Plant-based proteins also come with an incredible amount of fibre, vitamins, minerals and nutrients - you get a really good bang for your buck (that's a funny saying 😜).⁣ ⁣ Many foods contain protein. It's actually hard to find foods that don't contain protein. ⁣ ⁣ 🥦 Vegan protein sources:⁣ ⁣ 🟢 Tofu/Tempeh (soy)⁣ Soy is not bad for you, unless you have an allergy/sensitivity. It actually has many benefits. Purchase organic soy.⁣ ⁣ 🟢 Seitan (gluten)⁣ Gluten is not bad for you, unless you are celiac/have a sensitivity. A great high protein source that is easy to make. (Seitan "pepperoni" is seen in the picture)⁣ ⁣ 🟢 Legumes⁣ A great whole food source of protein. Lentils, black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, the list goes on. Soak your beans to get the most nutrition out of them.⁣ ⁣ 🟢 Nuts/Seeds⁣ A great source of healthy fat and protein. Hemp hearts have 10g of protein per 3 Tbsp. ⁣ ⁣ 🟢 Whole grains⁣ Quinoa, teff, spelt, kamut, bulgur, so many - great to use as the base of a dish.⁣ ⁣ 🟢 Vegetables⁣ Yeah!! Veggies contain protein! Spinach, asparagus, broccoli, collard greens are among some of the veggies with great amounts of protein.⁣ ⁣ Whatever your protein choices, I would like you to know that you don't need to eat meat to be strong. Your food choices are your own, but I'd like you to feel empowered to explore different sources of protein without fear of becoming weak, getting sick, being fatigued and all the other fallacies I hear around vegan proteins.


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