Meatless Monday: What’s Your Favorite Plant-Based Protein?
Anyone who’s even dabbled in vegetarianism has undoubtedly been faced with questions of protein: Where do you get it? Are you getting enough? Will you survive to see another day???
And despite the extensive research found in books like the China Study and elsewhere, showing animal protein to not only be unnecessary but potentially harmful—and the fact that there are body builders and Olympic athletes out there thriving on vegan diets—protein remains a tired point of discussion.
I was reminded of these conversations the other day when I came across this article on Mind Body Green. It’s author Mara Tyler, who’s vegan, sites the many ways a vegan can get their protein punch… In fact, if you’re eating healthfully as a vegan, nearly everything you eat contains some amount of protein.
I’m embarrassed to admit that even I’d forgotten just how many non-animal sources there are. Tyler’s list includes veggies—and it’s true, spinach, kale, and others deliver a serious serving of the big P—soy milk, hemp, nut butters, quinoa, tofu, sprouted grains, lentils, tempeh and beans.
Of course soy is controversial, but based on this list it’s not even necessary.
So where do you get your plant-based protein? Also, does anyone have opinions on seitan? I know it contains gluten, and it does feel overly processed, but holy protein—and nothing is more delicious in a Thai curry!
Can we also take a moment to remember the long-held belief that if you didn’t properly combine your non-animal proteins, they didn’t count. That was what I was taught as a vegetarian teen. Thank you science for setting us straight.