How do you get your protein?

No one cares about your protein intake until they find out you're vegan.We had to laugh when we found this gem on this morning.

Seriously though, people ask this a lot. The answer for which is well documented already. I’ll summarize my knowledge and what I believe nonetheless.

We have a protein obsessed culture with athletes at the top of the list. It’s funny how certain everyone is that the more protein we consume the better off we are. It’s common knowledge, right? Who told us that and can we trust the source? Where’s the evidence? (follow the money) The amount of protein we should consume is a contentious issue to the say the least and inconclusive scientific results just perpetuate this ongoing debate. It goes without saying that big business and government (with vested interests in dairy and meat sales) want to continue to disseminate misinformation.

After wading through all the B.S., my opinion and experience thus far tells me that we needn’t stress out about protein intake. Everyone is getting more than enough protein already. It’s everywhere. In fact, many plant sources of protein are actually higher than meat. Sure, not all proteins are equal but again, the jury is still out on that too.

There is no magic formula nor one perfect source. As you might expect, eating a well balanced diet with many different types of protein is best. However, when I’m feeling the need to seek out high sources of protein, I reach for:

  • Tempeh
  • Quinoa – black, red, rainbow (in the order)
  • Lentils – black, green, and red (in that order)
  • Beans – black, pinto
  • Chick Peas
  • Nuts and Nut Butters – almonds, cashews, walnuts
  • Tofu
  • Edamame
  • Seitan
  • Broccoli
  • Veggies
  • Spirulina
  • Field Roast vegan sausage and other meat substitutes.

There it is, another definitive list to help fuel the fire.