How do vegans and veggies get protein?
For ‘Veganuary’ many people are turning to a vegetarian or vegan diet. But the question most people ask is ‘how do you get your protein?
Lets start with the word ‘protein’. It comes from the Greek word ‘protos’ meaning first rank or position, which helps us in beginning to understand its importance. Every cell in your body contains protein, you need protein in your diet to repair cells and make new ones.
Meat, fish, eggs and dairy is traditionally seen as where we get the best protein from, because it will contain all of the essential amino acids, that protein is made up of. However, it is not the only place, and with more and more people turning to a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, we are pushed to find other sources.
When it comes to finding the right protein for a vegetarian diet, we have to get a little clever. By combining different types of protein you can still eat a meal that contains all the essential amino acids.
Legumes (eg Beans, pulses, lentils) versus Cereals (wheat, oats, rice)
The amino acids in question when it comes to a vegetarian diet are; lysine and methionine. Cereals are low in lysine, but quite high in methionine whilst the opposite is true for legumes. Legumes are high in methionine, and lower in lysine.
So, by combining legumes with cereals you can still get a meal which consists of the essential amino acids. Some basic examples are:
Wholewheat bread with homemade baked beans
Hummus and pita
Mixed beans with basmati rice
Our healthy, gym based menu at The Skinny Kitchen consists of lots of meat free and dairy free options. We also have some great recipes for vegetarians and vegans for you to try yourself at home
Find recipes here and share with your veggie friends!
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