Every day more and more people are switching over to a plant based diet. There are a number of different reasons why, but all of these people have one dilemma in common - How will I get enough protein in my diet? A lot of people will tell you things like nuts and seeds have protein in them, but you would probably wear out your jaw chewing all day to get enough of it, not to mention all the fat you would be eating to get yourself there. So what to do?
We had the same problem at first and resorted to a lot of the fake "meat" products that were actually pretty tasty and high in protein, but they are also highly processed and high in sodium so that's not a great long-term answer either. I thought to myself, it would be really easy if they made protein powder but used protein they extracted from plants. But then I figured it would probably be way too expensive and definitely wouldn't be organic.
Lucky for all of us (and like usual) I was wrong! Such a thing does actually exist and we've been using it for about a year now. The company is called Garden of Life and they make a whole line of organic, plant based versions of the unregulated chemical junk you find in GNC (with the added bonus of nobody harassing you to sign up for rewards cards). To be fair, I originally found this stuff in a GNC but after shopping around have settled on Amazon as the cheapest place to get it (see link below). It comes in chocolate and vanilla, but unless you are some kind of weirdo you're obviously going to get the chocolate.
As you can see, for just 160 calories you can get 30g of protein with 0 saturated fat. Compare that to a 4 oz. steak which is over 300 calories and has 9g of saturated fat just to get 28 grams of protein. Maybe you love steak and can't live without it, but when it comes to the nutritional benefits the math says you would be better off with the plant based protein instead.
I know there are plenty of diets out there that convince you that animal muscle is the only place we can get protein from - so where did they get it from then? By eating PLANTS - that's how. You may not have the 4 stomachs necessary to draw protein from grass and corn stalks, but you can still get all the protein you need by eating plant based products, you just have to know where to find them (You're welcome).
In addition to the organic plant protein this powder also contains probiotics - something vegans and people on the keto diet miss out on when they can't have yogurt anymore.
If you take a daily multi-vitamin you may want to give these guys a look as well. They make theirs from all organic fruits and vegetables, most of which you have actually heard of! Links to the men's, women's, and children's versions are below.
Here's how we do it:
- 2 scoops of powder
- 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
- 4 oz. water
- Flax seed, chia seeds, and hemp seeds for even more protein. We keep these in recycled Parmesan cheese containers and just shake a little of each in
- 1 small banana (or half of a large one)
This is a perfect snack between meals or in some cases can be the meal itself. After trying to go vegan we were left feeling low on energy but one of these shakes every day has done the trick.