The team at Nutristrength share their top tips with us when it comes to the popular topic of protein for vegans… where do YOU get yours?
The 47% of this year’s Veganuary participants that decided to stay vegan are now four months into their vegan lifestyle and might be starting to expand their thoughts past their day-to-day and thinking more about their diet and overall health.
One of the trickiest things with switching to a vegan and plant-based diet is ensuring you’re achieving the optimal nutrients and something a lot of people struggle with, when making this switch, is getting enough protein in their diet. Whereas, in actual fact, there are loads of plant-based sources of protein available.
Nutristrength natural lifestyle nutrition was founded by two brothers in Wiltshire looking for a great tasting protein that was free from artificial sweeteners, colours and preservatives. They recognised the need for a natural product that catered for a range of diets, most specifically the rising demand for plant-based and so, after much taste testing and research, Nutristrength Pea Protein was launched.
At the forefront of this has also been the desire to help people who are exploring plant-based protein options, so recipes have always been a large part of Nutristrength’s mission, showing people how they can incorporate vegan protein powder into their diet. Because of this, Nutristrength proteins are made to be smooth and mix well with different ingredients.
Vegan Protein Recipes
There are so many vegan recipes with protein that you can try, exploring what is best for your taste and lifestyle as well as working out how much protein you need in your diet. This also means working out the best times of day to include more protein in your meals. If you’re quite active then you might want to add a vegan protein to more than one of your meals but it is also worth keeping in mind the protein content in the most unsuspecting of ingredients, for example kale has an impressive 4.3g protein per 100g, so you can get your plant-based protein from a variety of sources as well as vegan protein powder.
Thankfully, there are so many options, with breakfast recipes including vegan scrambled eggs and dinner recipes like vegan pizza. Nutristrength created a week-long Vegan Meal Plan to help people make the switch and give protein recipe inspiration, which can be downloaded for free.
All the recipes come from Nutristrength’s in-house chef Szabina, who also made the switch to veganism this Veganuary. This is what she had to say about how she’s found being vegan and incorporating it into her protein recipes:
“It’s important to educate yourself about vegan ingredients. Learn how to optimally nourish your body on a plant-based diet and start reading labels. Start collecting and experimenting with vegan recipes that appeal to you. I make easy recipes that you will enjoy and get comfortable preparing them. It will be so easy to veganise your old favourite meals.
I’ve become passionate about creating healthy vegan food that everyone will love. I love eating plant-based diet and I love using our vegan pea protein range in my recipes. Vegan food is not boring, complicated or expensive. All of my recipes are put together with as many natural products as possible as I believe our food should be clean and nutritious and, actually, you don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy these vegan recipes.”
Baking with vegan protein powder can, at first seem slightly daunting, after all, baking relies on eggs, butter or flour but with some “know-how” and some experimentation, your vegan bakes can be just as successful as your regular bakes. Protein powder is a fantastic addition to a number of recipes. From pancakes and cakes to pizza and salad dressing, it can be used alongside other ingredients to create some delicious meals with the additional benefits of increased nutrition. Normally, I use protein powder as a replacement of the flour in a recipe, however, it can also be mixed with just a few other ingredients to create a raw treat that doesn’t require baking, such as a raw protein balls.
And avoiding animal products doesn’t have to mean missing out on protein. You can also add a variety of plant-based protein powders to your food. If you are transitioning to a plant-based diet, adding extra vegan protein to your meals can help you feel fuller for longer, which is a perfect way to help fight off any cravings and it can satisfy your sweet-tooth.”