Hilary Eats

Adventures in Plant Proteins: Part 1


But Where Do You Get Your Protein?
The ever common response to “I eat mostly plants”, especially in tandem with telling them I’m a bodybuilder in nearly a year of triathlon training, is “where do you get your protein?” It is entirely possible to get complete proteins with a balanced vegetarian diet, but may require some extra time and attention that we may not all have or want to give.

If you are active and a vegetarian or vegan, chances are you don’t get enough protein or perhaps not balanced protein. A balanced protein is one with a complete amino acid profile, the building blocks for our body to perform its core daily functions, which also happens to be the foundation of the Commercial Dairy, Meat industries and carnivore’s argument for why eating meat is the only way to go when it comes to getting a complete protein. Not true.

A good rule of thumb is to always combine a grain with a legume, such as peanut butter on sprouted bread or good old rice and beans. This equals a complete vegetarian protein, as do the following foods on their own:

  • Hemp
  • Quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • Buckwheat

Weight Loss & Fueling The Active Body
If your focus is weight loss and you are a flexitarian, not very active or tend to put on weight easily, the amount of complex carbohydrates in the vegan/vegetarian diet can lead to weight gain. We can induce a chemical change in the body where we can train it to switch to being fat-burning, carb-burning or protein fueled, but if you are predominantly flexitarian, don’t care to be so specific with your intake or simply require more protein for training and your activity level, et voilá, enter the handy vegan protein shake.

Here is the thing, I really love food. I really love good food. I don’t want to ever eat a single bad meal if I can avoid it and this also goes for my liquid meals. So, with my slightly food obsessed lens, I have carefully reviewed 12 different plant-based proteins so you don’t have to!

Stay Tuned!
Check back for the full review of these protein shakes, including some of my favorite hacks to make a simple powdered shake into a liquid wonder meal as well as scoring based on the following elements: Nutrition Profile according to your fitness/lifestyle goal, Taste & Texture.

The Curse of Knowledge
I found once I knew what these two resources tell you quite simply and well, I could not unlearn them and could not forget. It impacted my lifestyle forever after. Get informed with these resources.

Read: For more on the Carnivore Protein Myth, check out Dr. Colin T. Campbell’s The China Study. Here is a well written introduction to this very important work by the New York Times

Watch: Forks Over Knives
To understand simply how our dietary choices affect the planet and our health in 93 minutes