Doing Veganuary? Here's how to hit your protein macros
In the past week I’ve probably seen the word ‘Veganuary’ about 50 times a day on social media and I doubt I’m alone…
Veganuary is a new trend which involves eating a vegan diet for the month of January with bloggers, influencers, celebs and the media jumping on board. So incase you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week or don’t have an instagram account and missed the veganuary trend, it basically means avoiding any type of food that comes from an animal, so that’s meat, fish, eggs and dairy all off the cards.
Protein can help keep you feel fuller for longer
Now, that may not sound too bad if your not much of a meat lover anyway, but for those of us who are into our fitness or exercise it can prove hard to reach your protein goal. See all foods are broken up into three macronutrient groups: carbs, fats and proteins. Most of our protein sources come from animal products so if you haven’t tried a veggie or vegan diet before then this sudden transition may find you feeling weaker and less satisfied as protein can help keep you feel fuller for longer.
Beans, tofu, peas, legumes, nuts and seeds are all vegan staples to add to your diet in order to get your protein in. However, you do need to eat a lot more of it than you would of animal sources to hit your macros. So, as easy way to boost your protein intake is by supplementing with a protein powder. You can add protein powder to porridge, yoghurt and smoothies which will take them from a higher carb and fat breakdown to a high protein macro break down.
A good quality vegan protein powder should be made from a premium mixed blend of ingredients. Just a pea protein won’t have the full amino acid break down to fully repair your muscles unlike a whey (dairy) protein, so by using a mixed blend such as pea and hemp you can create a full amino acid.
As a personal trainer I am very fussy over the protein I consume having tried pretty much everyone going. Recently I started to take the brand new vegan protein powder from Free Soul and absolutely loved it. I chose the chocolate flavour and have been having it mixed in with my morning oats or after a gym session to repair my muscles. It mixes really well and doesn’t have the dusty after taste that some protein powders have.
The products arrive in this HERO box with a flask shaker that thankfully doesn’t leak!
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Hope you enjoy love Vicky xx
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