Have you ever gotten sudden cravings for sweet, salty, or savory foods in the middle of the night? Middle of the day? It could be that your body is asking for more protein!
This happens to everyone, not just vegans. But if you’ve been thinking about giving up meat and dairy, or you just want to add more vegan dishes into your diet, you may be wondering how it'll all add up protein-wise. You’re not alone!
The good news is that experts around the world agree that a well-planned vegan diet can provide all the nutrients your body needs on a daily basis.
The not so good news is that the majority of Indians are unaware of the quality of protein in some foods, so there’s not as much awareness on how much protein is needed on a daily basis. The recommended daily allowance of protein for the average Indian adult is 0.8 to 1g per kg of body weight, but the average Indian is getting around 0.6g per kg of body weight.
Protein is important for everyone! After all, our body wouldn’t function without it. That’s why we put together a helpful list of 5 protein sources you should include into your diet!
Soybeans are great because they’re considered a complete protein. While all plant foods contain all essential amino acids, foods are considered complete proteins when there’s a sufficient amount of all essential amino acids present.
Tofu is made from bean curds pressed together, similar to how cheese is made. On its own, it doesn’t have a taste, but it can be prepared in curries, stuffed in parathas, fried with spices, and enjoyed in a flavourful burger or sandwich!
For every 100g of tofu, there's 14g of plant-based protein!
Pulses are dried seeds. When pulses are split in half, they’re known as daal. Daal therefore includes lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, and so on.
Indian pulses come in three forms: whole, split with their skin, and split without their skin.
The pulses (uncooked) with the highest amounts of protein are:
Soya chunks are ridiculously easy to add into your diet, and they’re especially high in complete plant protein! 100g of uncooked soya chunks contains 52g of protein, which is nearly double the amount of protein in chicken!
You can add them into your curries, fried rice, or hearty salads for a high protein meal at home or on the go.
Cashews, almonds, and peanuts are routinely used in Indian dishes, and they’re packed with protein! Think of spicy peanut chutney, creamy curries made from cashew paste, vegan kheer topped with almonds and other nuts, homemade peanut butter, and more!
Vegetables in general have more protein than fruits, but some vegetables are higher in protein than others!
Vegan dairy products are also a good source of protein, like our dairy-free, soy-free paneer which contains 14g of protein per 100g.
And if you're an athlete who wants to make sure you're getting enough protein, check out our line of 100% plant-based protein powders! Just one shake a day can make a big difference in how you feel and how you perform.
Curious to learn more about protein, how much you should get, and why it's so important? Read about it in a previous blog post here.
Share this blog with someone who needs it! Taking a pause to think about protein intake and the role it plays in the body is a huge step towards gaining better health.