“So how do you get your protein?” is a question I’m often asked when people find out I eat a mainly plant-based diet. Whilst meat and fish are foods we all recognize as a good source of protein, there are plenty of plant-based and meatless sources that can also provide a decent protein intake.
According to the USDA, women need about 46g of protein per day for optimum nutrition whilst for men it’s around 56g. This is of course dependent on age, your exercise levels etc. Protein is really important for the body as it helps your body’s cells and tissues function properly, can assist with weight control and cuts down your risk for some chronic diseases.
Foods like dairy, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts & seeds plus whole grains (wholewheat bread, brown rice and quinoa being great wholegrain options) all contain good levels of protein and I’ve got some great tips and recipes below that contain this vital nutrient. Enjoy!