In light of my presentation tonight, I wanted to quickly comment on plant-based protein sources. Transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, many concern themselves with not getting enough protein. In fact, it’s actually easy to meet our protein requirements by consuming a VARIETY of plant-based proteins over the course of the day! Shown above are some of my favourite plant-based sources of protein. Others include quinoa, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. .
In actuality, most of us may be consuming TOO MUCH protein, increasing the risk of adverse health effects. Health Canada’s RDA for protein is 0.8g/kg/day. According to their recommendations, I’m 81kg and require ~65g of protein a day. Sometimes, proteins needs do increase depending on the athletic status of the individual. However, incorporating a wide VARIETY of plant-based protein sources can satisfy those protein requirements. If you still feel that you’re protein is lacking following a plant-based diet (extremely busy schedule, life happens and gets in the way), there are amazing vegan proteins available that can help cover all bases. This may be the case for the athletic population looking to support their muscle mass and overall recovery.