Protein - or not getting enough - is often a concern for vegans, especially those starting out with a vegan diet. But with some clever tips, you can ensure that your body is nourished and packed with energy so that you can live your best life. The bonus is that your meals will also be more creative!
- 'Beef' Up Your Salads
You enjoy salads regularly, so pack them with protein to maximize their healthy potential. To 'proteinize' your healthy salads, all you need to do is add three important ingredients to them: tempeh, beans and quinoa. These, along with the regular veggies and leafy greens that you’re going to be eating, will help you to get a protein-rich meal in a flash. This is great for a healthy lunch idea.
- Get the Perfect Pasta Protein Dish
Pasta is delicious and filling, but you can make it more nutritious by choosing mung bean pasta varieties. According to Shape magazine, this type of pasta contains 20 grams of protein in a serving. Plus, it’s gluten-free so it’s worth getting if you suffer from gluten intolerance. You can also add other ingredients to the pasta dish for an extra protein boost, such as lentils.
- Switch to Chickpea Vegan Burgers
Chickpeas are a great source of protein - you can get 12 grams of protein in just one cup, according to Livestrong. The catch with chickpeas? They are incomplete because they don’t contain all of the important protein amino acids, so you have to combine them with other protein foods. Added to that, sometimes they can feel a little boring to eat on their own. So, a great way to enjoy them and get a good protein serving is by making a vegan burger with chickpeas (or chickpea hummus) and veggies on whole-grain bread.
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