Vegan Protein: FAQs, Sources Of, Weight Training & Exercise as a Vegan, Chocolate Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake
Hi Friends! Are you getting over The Hump? I hope your week has been smooth sailing and maybe you even had Monday off, so possibly a shorter week for you. I have to teach a 5:30pm Hot Power Flow Class at the Gym (where none of the trainers wanted to help me) in just a bit, so that’s what I’m up to next. What are you up to today?
Earlier today I went grocery shopping and replenished my Produce Stash today. Here’s some of my loot…
Pineapple, Bananas, Red & Green Pears
I never buy pre-cored pineapple. It seems slimy and un-hygienic to me because the minute you cut into a fruit or veggie, the rotting process is accelerated so I prefer to cut into it at home, but that’s me.
Brussels & Green Food
Kale at 99 cents a bunch so I always look for the biggest bunch I can find
Thanks everyone for the Great Comments You Left on yesterday’s post about Intuitive Eating. I asked if you thought will children, people in general, intuitively eat healthy foods, or will they eat junk? The responses were varied and it was great to hear your take on this one.
I also asked if it matters how one is raised, with access to all kinds of foods, junky, healthy, etc., and will that determine if the individual will be able to self-regulate, self-moderate, and eat intuitively as an adult? It was interesting to hear so many of you say that you were raised with absolutely no junk food in the house and when you had the chance, you did indulge, but that now, you do prefer healthier options.
Also, it seemed the majority of you told me that you Do Eat Intuitively. That perhaps you haven’t always done this, or you’ve had some roadblocks along your path, but that now, you’re an Intuitive Eater. I love hearing your stories like this and thanks for the info!
Many of you have been asking me what I am doing for (raw vegan) protein now that I am training for fitness competitions?
And in general, Vegans are Always asked, So Where Do you Get your Protein?
The short answer in terms of the protein for training is that yes, it’s increasing, but I am also not “panicking that I’m not getting enough” and I’m not chugging protein shakes like they’re going out of style, either. I know some of you may be shaking your head right now, and you can, but for me I’ve simply never stressed about protein. And I’m not going to start stressing now. I am just tweaking things slightly, now.
First, I know my body chemistry does not have a high protein requirement, but carbs are a different story. This is just me. Some people’s bodies are pear-shaped or have Type O blood or have brown hair. My body just doesn’t “scream” for protein, it’s just how I believe I am wired. It’s why being a vegetarian and vegan has been “easy” for me. I never wanted or missed animal protein.
Secondly, there is protein in everything.
Here are some examples of plant-based foods high in protein:
Here’s another Chart and Website that is Awesome!!!
|Beans, string||1 cup||2|
|Brussels Sprouts||1/2 cup||2|
|Chard, Swiss||1 cup||3|
|Corn, Sweet||1 large cob||5|
|Fennel||1 medium bulb||3|
|Jerusalem Artichoke||1 cup||3|
|Peppers, bell||1/2 cup||1|
|Potato, baked with skin||2 1/3 x 4 3/4″||5|
|Potato, boiled with skin||1/2 cup||1|
|Squash, Summer||1 cup||2|
|Squash, Winter||1 cup||2|
|Sweet Potato||1 cup||3|
|Apple||2 per lb.||0|
|Banana||1||1 to 2|
|Jujube, dried||1 oz.||1|
These are just a couple of Samples of All the Charts & Great Info on the Site.
Thanks Katie for sending this link to me. I’ve seen things like this is the past, but couldn’t find it when I wanted it.
Another great source of plant-based protein is spirulina. What is it?
In a nutshell it’s microscopic Blue-Green Algae with great stats! Katie and Gabriela are both fans! I used to take blue green algae when I was pregnant but got out of the habit. I need to start again!
“Spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon the source. It is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids, though with reduced amounts of methionine, cysteine, and lysine when compared to the proteins of meat, eggs, and milk. It is, however, superior to typical plant protein, such as that from legumes.”
Another great source of plant-based protein is Nooch! What is it?
Stellar Nooch Stats: 80 calories, 9 g of protein, tons of B Vitamins!
Thirdly, I believe that plant-based protein is more well assimilated and therefore we don’t need as much if it’s plant-based rather than animal-based protein.
And there are a slew of articles on Vegan Diets and Weightlifting, Here.
However, I am not foolhearty. I realize that indeed, in order to build muscle, I must fuel myself with more protein than I have been taking in. This is not rocket science; this is human physiology 101.
Enter Sun Warrior Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein Powder in Chocolate (The Vanilla is fine, but I prefer chocolate to vanilla, my protein is no exception)
80 calories and 15 g of protein per scoop in Chocolate. Vegan, Raw, Gluten & Soy Free, Perfect for me.
18 Hours later, here’s what the overnight Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats looked like
So nice to have this waiting for me in the fridge!
Wheaties Chocolate for breakfast is the Breakkie of Champions!
I still love my My High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls but when I am in need of extra protein, I’ve got Raw Vegan Protein Cookie Dough, too.
And I make No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars
Can see the Peanut Butter woven into the inside of the bar here? oh yeah, baby!
My No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars are Super Fast and Easy and many of you have written to me telling me you’ve made them, or a similar version, and I am glad to hear you’re getting your homemade bar groove on!
And for those of you who aren’t big on Coconut Oil or don’t have it, you can make these bars without coconut oil: No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars
The addition of the coconut oil makes them solidify and hold together just a little better which is great but if you don’t have a coconut oil, don’t let that stop you from making these!
But now, I am also drinking more protein, too.
Averie’s Chocolate Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake
1 Scoop Sun Warrior Chocolate Brown Rice Protein Powder
4-6 oz of Coffee (previously chilled is nice. Just save your “leftover” coffee from your pot to keep on hand…2-3 days I’ve stretched it in a container in the fridge without issue. And yes, water or a nut mylk would be “better” but I like coffee, so I use it. Use another liquid as you see fit.)
Vanilla Creamer (I use So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer)
Vanilla Stevia Drops to taste (or regular stevia, agave, sugar, lucama, yacon, etc. or another sweetener if you choose, or omit)
4-5 Ice Cubes
Shake Up all the Ingredients; Add the Ice
Green Food was Kale, Tomatoes, Cukes
Dressed with my latest dressing creation: Vegan Slaw Horseradish Relish Dressing
I nibble on some Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate
**Edited to Add an Excerpt from This Post where I provided my Protein Update and what’s working and not working, and discussed being a Slow Oxidizer (see quiz below) which is why I don’t believe I need as much protein**
Today I wanted to touch on my Protein Situation that so many people ask me about it. I had posted that I was trying to be mindful and increase my protein slightly but nothing crazy, now that I’m Training for Fitness Competitions.
Thanks for your suggestions and tips you had for me…
But, I have realized in the past 2 weeks after giving it a valiant effort, that my body does not like and is not tolerating any more than 1 scoop per day of protein powder or “engineered protein”. I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say, lots of time in the bathroom, GI distress, stomach cramps, and clearly, that is my body telling me to stop giving it something it doesn’t tolerate!
So, I’m going to stop “trying so hard” to consume “more” protein, and I will have One Scoop of Protein Powder, maximum, per day, and that’s it. Let the
protein chips fall where they may. And the rest of my protein is going to come from food. Real foods, not powders. Yesterday Heather posted about consuming her protein in the form of real food rather than powder. Novel concept, huh. Sometimes life keeps throwing us lessons and challenges and until you really learn the lesson, you will keep being tested. Ok, I think I got this one now: real food, not powder.
So, as I mentioned in this post about why it was easy for me to become vegan (i.e. I believe my protein requirement just isn’t that terribly high), and I’ve just done some preliminary reading about Metabolic Typing. Although no one is “textbook” anything, I believe that I possess traits of a Slow Oxidizer and because of that, it’s common to have lower protein, but higher carbs, needs. Click Here for a Quick-n-Easy Test. I’ve always said I need carbs over protein or fat. Turns out, I was onto something!
Through all of this, I am reminded again that I should never doubt Plants and Plant Power! Trust in Real Food and Natural Vegan Sources of Protein as discussed in this post and just roll with it. As evidenced by my Workout Tab Pictures, I am on the right track.
And the timing of a recent post I saw by Vegan Triathlete and Author, Brendan Brazier, was noteworthy:
I am often asked what the secret serving equation should be of protein for optimal athletic performance, and my answer to this is simple. The concern should not be about quantity, but rather quality. Conventional sports training and nutrition books advise taking 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight, which for me would be about double the quantity of what I take now. High-quality, multisource protein that is alkaline-forming and easy to digest will help you reach your peak performance. The question of serving depends on the individual.Top of mind for most endurance athletes is your body’s strength to weight ratio. High-quality, complete protein will help improve this and assist in the maintenance of strong, lean muscles.Plant protein for recovery = best performanceThe most important consideration for improving athletic performance is your speed of recovery. This is true for athletes or those who work physical jobs. Reducing the time and energy spent between workouts or periods of higher athletic stress will increase your performance gain. Alkaline-forming, plant protein will reduce muscle inflammation and help speed this recovery process.
I know some of you are going to say, “But you’re Training and you need more now.” Well, maybe I do and maybe I don’t. But, I can’t keep trying to use protein powders because I am not going to make myself sick, literally, over trying to consume protein. Katie and I have talked about this a lot.
Again, to each her own and everyone needs to listen to his/her body and then act accordingly! Feel free to call me a nut or do 180 degrees opposite from what I’m doing. I’m simply sharing what my body has been telling me the past couple weeks which is hey, back off a bit!
Protein can be a good thing, though. Especially when it’s on top of Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn!
Glad you all liked the looks of that High Protein Chocolate Popcorn! And some of you told me you made it…awesome!
Or Protein in overnight Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats
And I’ve been drinking my protein, too.
Chocolate Coffee Vanilla Protein Shake
I am really glad liked my latest Dessert Recipe…
No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (with an Extra Protein Option)
Please let me know if you make the No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (with an Extra Protein Option)!
Yoga Today is The Class I am Off to Teach!
Gym & Weights Workout Today (since you told me yesterday you were curious to see what I’m doing, here was my upper body workout that I did yesterday morning):
I did 3 sets of 15 Reps Each:
Flat DB Press on Ball
Seated DB Press
Bent Over Rear Delt Raises
Wide Pull Ups on Machine
Seated Row Machine
Tricep Pushdown Machine
Tomorrow I have a Full body workout with my Trainer and I’ll post the basic gist of things and what I did.
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1. When you workout, be it running, weightlifting, yoga, pilates, whatever it is, do you like it pre-scripted for you? Or do you go with the flow? Do you go with a plan and stick to it? Or do you just wing it?
For me with yoga, running, and everything else, I have always just let it unfold organically. Whatever my body was asking for, that’s what I try to do and honor. However, with weights, because I still don’t know very much, it’s hard to improvise that which you don’t even know exists, but I can’t wait to learn more so I can really mix it up in the gym and create my own routines and flow! I’m excited!
What’s your Workout Style?
2. I was sent a (cute!) pink sports bra to review and in tomorrow’s post I can either post pictures of me in it, or just the sports bra alone, not of me wearing it. If I post pictures, are you all going to be nice?
3. Protein. Do you stress about it? Do you consciously try to “make an effort” to consume a certain amount, or do you just go with the flow and whatever you get in, you get in? What happens or how do you feel if you, for instance, you believe you’re not getting enough? How do you notice it? Or, do you think protein is over-rated and most people get plenty and to stop worrying about it? Did you learn anything new in this post? I hope I gave you some new info to ponder!
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