Best Vegan Protein Sources
for the Beginner Vegetarian

Vegan protein sources are something that you need to know about if you are considering taking the plunge into the world of vegetarians. 

Of course at first you might find yourself missing meat but with time your cravings will change so that you only crave the healthier proteins that you are consuming.

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The Rising Popularity of Vegetarianism

It is becoming more popular than ever to become a vegan. People everywhere are taking the plunge and saying no to meats. This is because an increasing number of people are finding that they feel better when they choose to eat vegan,  vegetarian or a plant based diet.

The vegan lifestyle is even more restrictive as compared to vegetarianism and it can be hard to find the right choices for protein. There are a lot of different things out there and new products are being introduced all of the time that promises to add protein to their very limited diets.

Getting The Necessary Amino Acids

If you are a new vegetarian you will be able to eat eggs and dairy which contain protein in them as well as a variety of vegan protein choices. One thing to keep in mind is that most of these choices are not complete proteins so they require you to eat a balanced combination of foods to get all of your diet needs met. 

The body requires a number of different minerals and nutrients in order to function properly.  One of the biggest are amino acids. 

If you are not getting these from meat then you will want to look to different sources where you can eat them spread throughout the day. Of course it can be better for your body to get the amino acids in one sitting but if that is not possible then this is second best. 

It is important that you consider eating a variety of different choices of vegan protein such as green vegetables, grains, lentils, nuts, and beans. These will help you to increase your protein and amino acids intake.

3 Top Protein Sources for Vegetarians

The following are three of the most popular choices and they are likewise choices that taste great as long as they are prepared appropriately. 

Lentils and Beans

One of the best ways to get vegan protein in your diet is with lentils and beans.  This is because not only do they offer a high amount of protein but they are generally also low in fat. There are a variety of different types of beans which are easily available and almost all of them contain the high amounts of protein that your body needs.

Whole Grains

Another thing that many people do not realize is that whole grains actually have protein in them.

When I was starting out as a vegetarian I did not know that whole grains would provide me with some of the essential protein that I needed.

The best choices for whole grains to get protein into your diet include whole grain breads, quinoa, brown rice, oats, and barley. Quinoa is one of the best choices and actually has more protein in a cup than a cup of beans.

Soy Products

Finally there are a number of soy products that contain high amounts of protein.  You can consume the protein in a variety of ways as well. You can eat it in different soy based products including soy beans, edamame, soy based meats and cheeses, and of course with tofu. 

Plus if you are not a fan of these then you can drink your protein with soy milk. I would have never known how many different types of soy products that there are if I was not exposed to soy through becoming vegetarian. 

Some of these products are simply amazing and I would continue to serve them regardless of if I continue to be vegetarian or not. If you’ve tried some of these proteins sources yourself and would like to comment on them, or maybe you would like to share some of your own alternatives please do contact us.

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