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STARSHINE182 Posts: 16
5/23/13 1:06 A

I use Perfect Fit Protein. It has only 70 calories, 3g of carbs and 15g of protein in one scoop. It is a pricey ($45 for 50 servings) but it is vegan, organic, non GMO and gluten free. I add it to a green smoothie everyday plus it has a light flavor so I add it to baked goods/pancakes as well. There are recipes on the products website. perfectfitprotein.com/

I have heard that Sun Warrior is good and it is very similar to Perfect Fit but it is similarly priced. www.sunwarrior.com/product-info/classic-pr
otein/


Another one you may want to try is Vega. They have a huge variety of flavors but of course more calories, etc. I have found Vega at Whole Foods & my local health food stores.
myvega.com/products/

If you live near a Trader Joe's they carry hemp protein that is vegan but I have yet to try it.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,699
5/22/13 4:25 P

If medical issues such as thryoid medication or history of breast cancer is not an issue; then soy is a great option: tofu, soy foods, soy (milk, cheese, yogurt).

Vegans usually find their carb intake up to about 60-65% of calories, since the protein foods also contain carbs. This is normal, safe and healthy.

Yes, a protein powder is safe: soy, hemp, pea, would be vegan alternatives.

Becky
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LADYK16 SparkPoints: (4,182)
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5/22/13 2:40 P

Thanks for the great suggestions everyone!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
5/22/13 2:32 P

Well i'm guessing as a vegan, you won't want whey-based protein, nor eggs. However the hemp and chia are good suggestions. There's lots of soy-based protein supplements out there, but whether so much soy is ideal? I am not sure.

Yes, it is hard to get sufficient protein when eating a calorie-restricted plant-only diet... you really have to pay attention every day, and it can be a bit of a puzzle how to get in the protein without consuming too many carbs/calories (i.e. when you rely on beans) or too many fats/calories (i.e. when you rely on nuts).

There's a handy list of high-protein non-animal foods here www.naturalnews.com/036270_vegan_protein_l
egumes.html
.. gotta say, I had NO idea avocados had so much protein, or kale, or broccoli....

ELENGIL SparkPoints: (21,512)
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5/22/13 2:27 P

GDBEAR65, eggs aren't vegan.

GDBEAR65 SparkPoints: (2,095)
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5/22/13 1:54 P

You also have not mentioned eggs. Quinoa and hemp seeds are great sources of complete plant proteins.

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5/22/13 1:49 P

I think protein powders (including whey) are just fine. Also, what about soy products - tofu, etc? You didn't mention them, so just checking.

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5/22/13 1:18 P

you may find more help on a vegan website

LADYK16 SparkPoints: (4,182)
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5/22/13 1:03 P

I am not getting enough protein. According to SP I should be getting 60-159, but I'm only getting around 30 per day. I am vegan, and not willing to incorporate meat or dairy. I do eat beans frequently, but I can't have too much in a day because that will push me over my carb limits. I do eat veggie burgers and seiten, but that only adds so much. Is protein powder a safe way to get protein? I have been tempted to add some to my breakfast smoothie, but I'm not sure how safe they are. Any suggestions?

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