10 Plant-Based Sources of Protein + How to Prepare Tasty Veggies!

Found this article while looking up more ways to get protein into the vegan/plant based diet.  I’ve noticed lately my body has been feeling like it needs more protein than I’ve been giving it so in my trying to gain info on plant based protein I’m passing along what I’m learning in hopes of helping anyone else who’s feeling a little deficient.  Working on also trying out some vegan protein shakes but haven’t had much luck with any of the ones I bought.  The 2 I’ve tried so far have been just plain out gross actually.  So, I’m going to keep looking and hopefully I will find a replacement for the Muscle Milk chocolate that I’m missing so bad.

10 Plant-Based Sources of Protein + How to Prepare Tasty Veggies!.

 

Enjoy your weekend lovelies,

Denise

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My search for good protein sources have led me to Hemp Seeds. They’re actually amazing!

As a runner and a weight lifter (and Yogi…I could keep going) I know how important protein is to the body.  Before going vegan I used protein shakes and Greek yogurt.  But now, things have gotten seemingly more difficult trying to keep up with my always active body.  In my quest to try to add more protein in my diet for my ever changing muscles I started doing my research.  That research led me to Hemp Seeds and you guys………these things are amazing!!

Hemp seeds are a complete protein which means they have all 20 known amino acids which is difficult to find in plant products.  Here are some stats:

Per 4 tbsp. (42 grams)

246 calories

11.4 grams Omega 6    3.6 grams Omega 3

2.7 grams mono-unsaturated fats

2.1 grams saturated fats

15 grams protein

2.5 grams fiber

4.5 grams carbs

no cholesterol

Vitamins B1, B6, B12, D,E

calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, potassium,

phosphorus, enzymes, antioxidants, GLA’s

 

They have more digestible protein than animal sources, rich in Vitamin E, Increases energy levels and the metabolic rate, Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and blood pressure, Improves cardiovascular function and circulation, Helps with organ functions, Boosts immunity (with cold/flu season coming up who couldn’t use this), Helps with PMS and cramps (big yay in my book), Helps with the inflammation and symptoms of arthritis, Improves muscle recovery after exercise, Helps with dry skin and hair, Reduces degenerative diseases through prevention measures

 

So, as you can see these little seeds are a powerhouse when it comes to fueling the busy vegan athlete.  When paired with other sources of good vegan proteins like vegetable, legumes, other seeds and nuts, non-dairy milks (maybe try hemp milk too), grains (especially quinoa) and algae (spirulina and chlorella) you can build the perfect vegan diet high in protein to fuel your body and help you recover from whatever it is you like to get out there and do.

Have a great holiday weekend,

Denise

My first review: Energy Bits

I’m so excited because this is my first blog review.  EEK!  I hope I do them justice because this is such a good product.

Energy bits are these tiny little bits of 100% natural organic green algae.  Depending on which kind you get it’s either spirulina or chlorella algae or a half and half mix of both.  With just 1 calorie per tab they stop your cravings, make you less hungry and boost your energy without the crash that comes with caffeine.  They can also speed recovery, clear your mind, reduce inflammation and build muscle.  All of this without the addition of caffeine, chemicals, sugar, gluten, preservatives, soy, any animal products or banned substances.  Which my friends means that they are vegan and a real dream. 

I got to try them yesterday.  I woke up tired, like dead feeling tired.  It was my kids first day back to school after a summer of sleeping in and staying up late so we haven’t gotten past the adjustment period yet.  Usually I have my coffee first thing then work out after they leave but not yesterday.  I did NOT have my coffee or anything to eat because I wanted to be able to test out the bits totally drained of energy as to give the best review I could.  (see the things I do for you guys)  So, I took my 30 tabs at around 7:15 and by 7:35 I felt this fog lifting off of me and a slight boost of energy so I went downstairs to my trusty treadmill to test these puppies out.  It was amazing.  I felt this natural energy as if I’d slept 8 hours with no jitters like I normally get with my coffee.  I was able to crank out 2 miles plus get all of my leg day exercises done and still had energy left.  So, I came upstairs after showering did 3 loads of laundry and organized my youngest daughters closet.  I’m sold, y’all.  Energy bits have me hook, line and sinker.  I’m now a life long fan.

Algae has been used for the past 50 years by tons of people around the world including Olympic athletes, however it’s not very well known here in the US.  Energy bits is trying to change all of that.  Algae’s high concentration of protein is well documented and the German’s even won a Nobel Prize in the early 1900’s for discovering it had the highest edible protein in the world.  All the protein in algae is already an amino acid so it gets absorbed instantly.  This allows the bits to deliver a constant and steady stream of energy with no super rush or crash like caffeine can.  There is also no stomach distress (and I can vouch for that because I have the most sensitive stomach ever). Athletes get significant improvements in energy and performance due to the protein in Energy bits and high concentration of nitric oxide which opens up the blood vessels and allows the 40+ nutrients in the algae to immediately be delivered.  Performance is further enhanced due to the high concentration of iron, which increases the amount of oxygen carried in the blood.  This is why you get improved stamina and mental alertness from the algae.  Energy bits is not loaded with chemicals like most protein shakes and bars or energy drinks.  1 kg of algae has the nutritional value of 1,000 kg of fruits and vegetables.  Energy bits are 64% protein, there are 40 vitamins, antioxidents and nitric oxide and they have Omega 3’s. They are the best source of B vitamins which are essential for energy. 

So, in closing, I hope you will give Energy bits a try.(there are 4 different kinds I’m sure you can find one to meet your needs)  I have a 10% discount code for anyone wanting to buy them.  Just enter the word BLOG in the coupon box.  Check out the website http://www.energybits.com.  They are also on twitter @energybits . Also, facebook.com/energybits and on pinterest.com/energybits. I can personally vouch for this product.  It’s amazing!

Have a happy day!,

Denise