Focus on Protein
Focus on Protein during Veganuary.
Here at 8th Day we cater for a lot of people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet and one question we get asked a lot is? “How can I get enough protein in my diet?
Proteins are the building blocks of life and every cell in the body contains it. Protein is required within the diet to help your body repair existing cells and manufacture new ones. It can be confusing to know how much you need as protein requirements vary depending on the size and weight of a person as well as how much exercise and the type of exercise they engage in. However, the average person requires around 60 grams of protein per day and it really is easy to ensure you get your full requirement.
In store we have an extensive range of milk and meat substitutes that can really rack up your daily protein intake and taste great. For example one single Tofurky sausage contains a whopping 18 grams of plant based protein, so eating two of these as part of a balanced meal will provide almost 2/3rds of your daily protein requirements.
Protein powders are also a good way to boost your intake, these can be added to foods or made into a shake or smoothie and are really popular with our customers who do a lot of sport or physical activity. Here at Eighth Day we sell a great range of quality plant-based proteins including plain, unflavoured, Pea, Rice, Hemp & Soya from Pulsin’ which are great for adding to meals and smoothies due to their neutral taste. If you fancy a naturally flavoured protein, we have Sunwarrior protein blends or our latest addition which is from a UK based company called Vivo Life. Vivo use a Bio-fermented Yellow Pea Protein along with cold pressed hemp, yielding all the essential amino acids and omega oils that are required by the body. This protein formula also contains a superfood complex and vegan Branched Chain Amino Acids which help with recovery after physical exercise.
Of course, let’s not forget that you can also get plenty of protein from eating a varied diet which contains a wide variety of veggies, grains, seeds, nuts, legumes and pulses.
Here are a few examples of plant based protein sources:
Almonds - 21g per 100g
Flax Seeds – 18g per 100g
Chickpeas (cooked) - 9g per 100g
Lentils (Cooked) - 9g per 100g
Quinoa - 13g per 100g
Oats - 12g per 100g
Tahini – 22g per 100g
Peas (cooked) - 5g per 100g
Kidney Beans (Cooked) - 7g per 100g
Spinach - 3g per 100g
Brocolli - 3g per 100g
Please note: The content of this article is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition you may have and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.