Complete Protein Food for Vegetarians and Vegans

In our previous two Blogs we have established that correct food combining is essential for a healthy Vegetarian and Vegan diet to ensure you get all 9 Essential Amino Acids daily. Now  we will let you in on Nature's little secrets... some Vegetarian and Vegan foods that as a whole food are already complete proteins.

1. Quinoa

It's high in fibre, packed full of minerals, gluten free and yes... a Complete protein. Use it in baked goods, breakfast cereals, add it to your favourite salad or use it in place of rice. Simply boil it up like rice, but not for as long as it is a small grain and cooks quicker, serve and enjoy!

2. Buckwheat

This gluten free grain, also a Complete protein, has been made popular from its use in Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes. It's delicious and nutritious and has many other therapeutic benefits such as its ability to improve circulation, regulate blood sugars and lower cholesterol (in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle of course). As a wholegrain flour it is the perfect wheat flour substitute to all your baking so get creative and make some high protein pancakes, muffins, biscuits or scones. 

3. Hemp Seeds

Not probably as well known as Buckwheat, but just as nutritious in many ways. They are packed full of minerals and Omega 3 and of course all those wonderful Amino Acids. Why not try Hemp Flour or Protein Powder in baking or in smoothies?! If you're not feeling so adventurous then you can make some lovely Hemp Seed Protein Bars or add them to a train mix. 

4. Chia Seeds

Now these little beauties are about the best dam thing mother nature has delivered!!! They are rich in minerals, Omega 3, antioxidants and fibre as well as containing all 9 Essential Amino Acids. They can be used in so many ways too. They make a great egg substitute for Vegans, simply add water and create a gel as they swell in the water and use in place of eggs in any recipe. Put them with some of your favourite nut milk, a bit of fruit or cacao powder for a yummy pudding or stick them in the blender with some water and cauliflower for a healthy Vegan Pizza Base. The possibilities are simply endless!

5. Nutralife Pea and Rice Protein Shake

Now the team at Nutralife are simply amazing for coming up with this. A complete protein shake that dissolves easily, is very versatile (can be used it in smoothies or in baking) and tastes AMAZING!!! Here are a few of the other benefits of this great protein shake...

  • Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
  • Clean and Natural (nothing artificial)
  • Contains Natural Flavours (vanilla bean or cacao powder)
  • Easily Digested (contains 5 digestive enzymes to break down all that healthy protein)
  • Certified Organic

A 30g serve of Nutralife Pea and Rice Protein Powder gives you more than 20g of protein and less than 3g of Carbs. That's almost half your daily protein requirements! 

We would like to sign off this Blog by outlining a few reasons to choose Vegetarian and Vegan Proteins. Our Australian diet is generally very high in animal protein and refined or highly processed foods which are all very acidic. Our body was never meant to function in such an acidic environment and many health issues have been directly linked to an over acidic system. Most Vegetarian and Vegan proteins are low acid or even alkaline so they change that internal environment of the body to a more alkaline one which promotes health. Most Vegetarian and Vegan proteins are also a lot more easily digested than animal products so you are less likely to get bloated, feel heavy after a meal or develop leaky gut. So why not try swapping one meat dish a day for a Veggie Protein dish and see what a difference it can make to your health!