Posts tagged protein requirements
Easy Meal ideas for When You're Tired of Eating Beans

When I had my first veggie bowl as a vegan I remember thinking “I could eat like this forever, I could never grow tired of eating beans”. I was eating one of my go-to’s, a bowl with brown rice (sometimes millet or quinoa), black beans sautéed with peppers, onions, paprika and tomatoes, pico de gallo salsa and a dollop of guacamole to top everything up. This is still a regular meal for lunch at our house, and I love black beans dearly, but the idea that I could eat beans at every single meal forever and always and never grow tired of them, well, that was an apple of a different color.

Legumes are such an important staple in vegan meals and a fantastic protein source when eating enough of them. For most of us that means 3 servings per day, or a serving at every meal as I like to say. As we get older, or when we’re going through specific life stages, 4 is a great number to strive for. Legumes doesn’t mean beans alone though, peanut butter, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, veggie meats and many other meals made with legumes count, which means you don’t have to have a bean burrito for breakfast, unless you love the idea of course!

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All About Protein!: Recommendations and Top Plant Based Sources of Protein

As vegans we get asked one question again and again: Where do you get your protein? Not only have we all become slightly obsessed with this nutrient, but what's worse (because as it turns out protein is almost magical!), is we have the firm belief that protein equals steak, or protein equals chicken, turkey, fish, milk, eggs. These are certainly high sources of animal-based protein, but just as you have this essential macronutrient in the animal kingdom, you have it in the plant kingdom in so many foods it's ridiculous! Spinach? Sure! Tofu? You bet! Lentils, beans, brown rice, peanut butter, edamame, pumpkin seeds? Can you guess? The answer is yes, yes and yes, and also yes to countless other sources we'll be talking about today.

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