Sunday, May 20, 2012

Where do I get my protein from other than animal meat

The question "Where do I get my protein from other than animal meat?" is often asked by many - mostly meat eaters but also newbies converting over to the vegan side.

Do you wonder how you're going to stay fit and lean, build muscle and still find the right foods to maintain a healthy diet? Not to fret - below I've listed a handful of sources in which you can get your adequate amount of protein in each meal.

Veggies - 2 cups of cooked Kale has 5 grams of protein, 1 cup of spinach - about 7 grams of protein, 1 cup of peas - 9 grams.
Quinoa - about 9 grams of protein per cup
Tofu - 4 ounces has 9 grams of protein
Nut butters - a tablespoon will get you about 8 grams of protein
Non-dairy milk - 1 cup of soy or almond (depends on brand and flavor) contains 7-9 grams of protein
Lentils - one cup cooked has a whopping 18 grams of protein
Beans - you'll get about 13-15 grams of protein per cup
Tempeh - one cup provides 30 grams of protein
Hemp seeds - 3 tablespoons has about 16 grams of protein
Spirulina - 10 grams provides 6 grams of protein

It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein.  In fact, one (vegan, vegetarian, etc.) can survive without meat, eggs and dairy and never suffer a protein deficiency.

Here's a few athletes and (in my opinion) in shape celebrities that don't eat meat.

Prince Fielder - First baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Scott - Iron Man World Championship record holder
Rich Roll - two-time top finisher at the Ultraman World Championships
Carl Lewis - World famous track star
Bob Harper - Biggest Loser trainer
Hilary Swank
Natalie Portman


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