Over the next little while, I’m going to be filling the Vegan Survival Kit with all sorts of odd thing.
Today, into the kit goes Protein.
I’m going to let the video below tell you most of it, needless to say, protein is one pretty necessary ingredient when it comes to what a vegan (or anyone) eats.
You see protein is an incredibly important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. It helps to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals to do this work and, along with fat and carbohydrates, we need relatively large amounts of it to do its job.
Plant protein is the best protein you can get and as long as you’re having quality proteins (beans, peas, lentils etc), you really can’t go wrong. It’s also advisable to have protein with each meal, however, don’t stress out about it as all plants do contain protein. Also the beauty of plant over animal protein is that plant protein also has fibre which animal protein doesn’t. In fact omnivores have well below the recommended daily fibre intake – whereas vegans have over.
But … watch the video as to why I’m making protein the first item in the Vegan Survival Kit.
Enjoy good food and be compassionate to all animals
The other day a friend and I were discussing the dairy and meat industry and just how much of an effect it has had on the way we live.
You have to hand it to them that both industries have done such an amazing marketing job over the last few decades that the majority of people actually believe that you have to eat meat to get protein and that you have to have dairy in order to get calcium.
So let’s get something straight here. First of all protein.
It’s a fallacy that protein only comes from meat. Protein also comes from a variety of other sources including vegetables, grains and nuts.
Now for the calcium and this really does take the cake. Move over Mrs Cow there are other excellent sources of calcium including spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens and collard greens. Others like basil, thyme and peppermint leaves are right up there as well along with tahini (sesame seeds) and….the list goes on.
I’m not disputing the calcium in dairy, in fact, real live active cultured yogurt comes out as number one, however, as with animal protein, the body can find it difficult to absorb animal based products, so I’ll just stick with the vegan choices for my calcium.
Then again ……. my friend and I will keep discussing the benefits of being vegetarian while eating the beautiful organic cheese and olives … so excuse me while I go and pour another wine!