15 Plant-Based Proteins Your Body Craves
After my bachelorette party and wedding shower over Memorial Day weekend, I realized I needed to start taking shedding for the wedding more seriously. Dieting doesn't really work for me, and while I love working out, some sick days and long nights left me looking like a couch potato. So, after years of contemplating and making excuses not to be vegan, I finally decided to go dairy free, which basically makes me vegan since I already don't eat meat. For me, cutting out a whole food group is easier than measuring portions or reducing types of food.
The first 3 days of being vegan were easy, but on the fifth day, I really started to crave rich food. I was hungry literally all the time and even made my fiance stop at Trader Joes one night so we could get some dairy free ice cream and cheese.. I think I was withdrawing. HAHA. After 6 days, we found a few spots that delivered, including a place called PizzaRev that sold vegan pizza!
A few things I have gained are skills in the kitchen. Being vegan means you really have to get creative when cooking as you can't depend on butter, cheese or cream. Without spices, alternatives and texture, food get's pretty boring. The most common questions I get are, "How do you get protein and iron?". Here are some of the foods rich in protein and iron that I incorporate into my meals.
After workouts, I stick to protein smoothies to ensure I'm getting all the nutrients and vitamins I need, especially Omega 3, protein and B vitamins. Here's a recipe I love for a protein-rich Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie.
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1/2 Cupe Frozen Banana
1 Tbs Chia Seeds
1 Tbs Vegetarian Collagen Powder
1 Tbs Powdered Peanutbutter (I like the chocolate kind)
2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
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