Vegan Friendly Cashew & Banana Protein Smoothie

There is this HUGE myth that somehow being a vegan or eating plant-based diet means you won’t get “ENOUGH” protein. Listen, some of the world’s largest animals are thriving off non-meat sources of protein. Did you know that, hippos, rhinos, cows, and gorillas are all on plant-based diets. Plus, gorillas actually love bananas. So, it’s only right I share my favorite banana based protein smoothie recipe with you. But first, I’m giving you a quick little breakdown on the basics of protein.

What exactly is protein? 

These are building blocks, they are made up of amino acids. “Our skin, muscles, tendons, cartilage, even hair and nails, are all thanks to protein. Protein helps form enzymes, hormones, antibodies and new tissues. It replaces old cells with shiny new ones, and it transports important nutrients in and out of those cells.” – Yumuniverse.com

Does protein really come from plants? 

Yes! Yes! Yes! Whole plant-based foods contain more protein than we’ve been told. In my post, Plant Based Sources of Protein I list out ALL the protein rich foods that may already be in your diet. If not, you might really find some good little nuggets to take with you on your next grocery shopping trip.

At the end of the day, if our diet is rich in vegetables we don’t have to be worry about a protein “deficiency“. All we need is in every colorful plant based meal! However, if you’re concerned and want to increase your protein intake, you can try working more spirulina into your diet, or try this EPIC banana based protein smoothie!

 

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12 Plant-based sources of PROTEIN

There’s such a huge misconception surrounding protein. We’ve been taught that protein can only come from meat. The stats show us that eating too much animal protein, puts us at risk for heart disease, cancer risk, and stress on the kidneys.

Before, I started my transition into veganism, I believed that protein only came from meat. And, if I was ever trying to gain weight I thought I needed to increase my protein intake by piling up loads of chicken into my diet. At times, I felt like Bubba from the Forrest Gump movie. I was eating every kinda chicken I could get. Baked chicken, grilled chicken, broiled chicken, barbecue chicken, Cajun, jerk…you name it!

I found out over time that eating meat like that is not good for our overall health. So I thought it was important to share with you 12 plant based sources of protein. You may realize that many of these you may already been using in your diet. If not, jot down a few of these to pick up on your next grocery store trip.

 

You may have heard that vegetable sources of protein are “incomplete” and become “complete” only when correctly combined. Research has discredited that notion so you don’t have to worry that you won’t get enough usable protein if you don’t put together some magical combination of foods at each meal. – Dr. Andrew Weil

 

At the end of the day, you don’t have to be a full blown vegan to take advantage of plant-based protein. Plus, most of these will have even more amazing benefits if you work them into your daily or weekly meal plans.

 

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I just stumbled upon a new food doc on Netflix called, “Food Choices”. In the first, ten minutes of the film they really start to go in on the protein myths. According to these experts, protein should only be about 2 to 3 percent of our daily calories. Dr. Pamela A Popper said, “If you were to eat the lowest protein foods in the plant world…you’re at about 8 or 9 percent protein. So you’re not gonna become protein deficient.”

Hope this makes you feel empowered to look at protein a little differently, if you’re hungry for more (pun intended, lol). Then, I definitely, recommend checking out the Food Choices docu. Feel free to peek at my YT channel as well for more plant-based inspiration too!

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