If you’re vegan (or even vegetarian), chances are you’ve experienced one of the following:
1) People don’t care about your protein intake until they find out you’re vegan. Something I find super strange (and sort of creepy) because, I don’t know about you, but I don’t typically go around asking people how much protein they consume.
2) Your doctor will shake his head, make a face that clearly expresses his disgust and tell you to go eat a steak. True story
3) You’ll hear things like… “You don’t eat meat so, where do you get your protein from?”. Hm… Let me think… beans, grains, seeds, nuts, sprouts… Sounds like plenty of sources to me!
4) Followed by… “From plants? You can’t possibly get enough then!”. Actually, I do. If I didn’t get what my body needs, I’d be in serious trouble. I appreciate the concern though.
5) “You probably eat nothing but salads all day, right?” Uh, no. Are you aware of how many different types of beans and grains are available to us? Pasta? Quinoa? Lots of different dishes you can come up with all that aren’t salad. A little imagination and an open mind. That’s all you need.
6) And… (one of my personal favorites) “You must love kale”. Actually… I don’t. I don’t like Brussels sprouts either. I’m not even a big fan of broccoli for that matter. Just because it’s green, doesn’t mean I have to like it.
As a nutritionist, recipe developer and fitness professional, my first instinct when I find myself in any of those situations is to reply with a head shake and an eye roll… But then I remember they’re the perfect opportunity to actually “educate” people.
No one can deny the importance protein has in our every day diet: it’s pretty much the building block of most body tissues, it’s crucial for maintenance and repair of muscle (hence, crucial for active people and athletes) and has an important role in the production of hormones and enzymes. The amount of protein our bodies need varies depending on different factors, but one thing is certain: we all need it. Where that protein should come from however, seems to be biggest misconception.
The concept of a plant based diet has been around for a long time, and despite the fact that it’s slowly gaining popularity these days, a lot of people seem to be stuck on the idea of animal sources being the only way to get good quality protein.
Luckily for us non-meat eaters, we have Mother Nature on our side, providing us with plenty of options to choose from.
Of all the plant based protein sources available to us, soy is probably one of the most well known and versatile. And of all the countless ways soy can be incorporated into our everyday diet, one of our favorites is soymilk, which is the main ingredient of the recipe we’re sharing today.
This protein shake gives you all the energy and nutrients you need after an intense workout: natural sugar from dates and protein and healthy fats from soymilk, tahini and chia seeds. All crucial to replenish energy and repair and build muscle. Filling and satisfying, it will keep you going for the rest of the day and help you prevent “hanger”!
We chose Silk Unsweetened Soymilk mainly because it’s a great source of plant-powered protein (8 grams per cup, just the same as a cup of dairy milk!) and it’s low in saturated fat and naturally cholesterol free. It’s also non-GMO, gluten, lactose and casein free and has no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. And best of all, it’s super creamy and delicious!
- 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Organic Soymilk
- 4 Medjool pitted dates
- 2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
- 1 tsp organic Chia seeds
- Ice to taste
- Blend all the ingredients together in a high power blender.
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all ours.