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Talking to Your Children About Vegan Protein: The Where, How, and Why

by | January 25, 2019

With a plant-based diet, it’s still easy to get the proper amount of protein in despite what omnivores might think. Protein is a very important part of everyone’s diet but it is especially important for growing children. Making sure they have enough in their diet is important, but talking to your children about vegan protein is also important. Some common questions are: Why is it important? Where does it come from? How much does one actually need?

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What does protein do for your body?

Protein is very important for your body to repair and rebuild itself after any activity. It is necessary to keep your bones and muscles strong, as well as your blood cells and skin. It is a macronutrient (macro) alongside carbohydrates (carbs) and fats. So when you hear about people “counting their macros,” they are counting how many grams of protein, carbs, and fat they are taking in.

Where do you get it from?

Plant-based protein can easily be sourced from a wide variety of natural foods such as beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables (namely broccoli, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, peas), nuts, grains and seeds. Varieties of meat substitute products like Boca burgers also are chock full of protein. There is also no shame in vegan protein powder depending on how active you and your family are, as long as you do proper research. By preparing protein-rich meals together, you can set a great example on how to incorporate these protein dense foods into a balanced diet.

How much do you need?

The DRI says that per pound, you should have .36 grams of protein. For example, for somebody that is 140 pounds, you would need just over 50 grams of protein a day.

A chocolate chip Clif bar (a great accidentally vegan find) contains 9 grams of protein, a cup of broccoli contains 2.6 grams, 4 grams are in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, and in 1 cup of chickpeas there are 39 grams of protein. With variety and a little bit of planning, hitting your daily intake can be easily achieved. Since the human body doesn’t have the ability to store extra protein, ingesting more than needed won’t make you “buffer” or “stronger.”

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