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#1 Old 09-25-2011, 05:58 PM
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I've been relying on mostly soy and peanuts to get protein. I despise beans (it's a texture thing) and am trying to find ways to fill my protein needs.

Also, how much protein does the average person need?
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#2 Old 09-25-2011, 06:59 PM
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Seitan, boca vegan burgers, quinoa, or the protein powder made by PlantFusion (Vanilla Bean) are my favorites. Protein needs vary based on gender, weight, and age but are around 40-70 g give or take.

From www.vrg.org:
How much protein do we need? The RDA recommends that we take in 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram that we weigh (or about 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh) 1. This recommendation includes a generous safety factor for most people. When we make a few adjustments to account for some plant proteins being digested somewhat differently from animal proteins and for the amino acid mix in some plant proteins, we arrive at a level of 1 gram of protein per kilogram body weight (0.45 grams of protein per pound that we weigh).

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#3 Old 09-25-2011, 07:05 PM
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Cashews! Almonds! I particularly love almond butter in place of peanut butter, and you can make it yourself (if you feel like it).
About protein, with the info above from vettechinhippie and this site, you can learn a LOT about what you need and especially where to get it.

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#4 Old 09-26-2011, 08:33 AM
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I usually drink milk or yogurt, eat some cheese and egg as these foods are rich in high-quality proteins.
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#5 Old 09-26-2011, 08:44 AM
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vegetables, fruit, grains, seeds, nuts, and beans.

there are ways to eat beans that don't feel like bean texture at all, also there are a lot of different kinds of beans that taste very different, what kinds have you tried?

some recipes that 'disguise' beans are hummus, bean dip, falafel, bean burgers
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#6 Old 09-26-2011, 04:44 PM
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seitan, tofu, and beans in all forms.
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#7 Old 09-26-2011, 04:57 PM
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quinoa and chickpeas
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#8 Old 09-27-2011, 06:59 AM
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quinoa!! It's a super food, and complete protein. I like chickpeas, but I like them best in the form of hummus. You usually get more than enough protein already if you vary your diet, i.e. nuts, seeds, legumes, greens (greens have decent amounts of protein, albeit you have to eat more of them to get a significant amount). Protein isn't an issue. If you're a bodybuilder or going for weight gain, google vegan bodybuilding, there are plenty of meal plans that will give you plenty of needed protein.
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#9 Old 09-27-2011, 08:31 AM
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green leafy vegetables = best source, hands down, esp. if you don't alter/cook them.
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Fake chicken.

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favorite healthy protein lately - lentils
favorite unhealthy protein - Gardein chicken
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Tofu, seitan, chickpeas and chickpea dips, split pea soup, lentil soup, whole grains including quinoa, soy and almond milks, and of course, beans. I love sweet potato and black bean (all mashed together) burritos with sriracha.

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#13 Old 09-27-2011, 10:27 AM
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you all do realize that protein is pretty much in all whole foods right?
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Originally Posted by luvourmother View Post

you all do realize that protein is pretty much in all whole foods right?

Yes but we're listing our favorites and while I know it's possible to get all the protein you need from leafy greens and such, we're also listing more concentrated forms of protein to make it easier for a new veg*n. If they want to incorporate more raw foods into their diet then by all means, get advice on that and good luck to them.

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#16 Old 09-27-2011, 01:22 PM
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Seitan and chickpeas! Seitan's more of a treat, because the closest store that has it is two hours away from us, but we eat chickpeas like they're going out of style. LOVE them roasted in the oven with cayenne pepper, yum!!

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#17 Old 10-08-2011, 09:45 AM
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I like fake meats, just because they're easy to make quickly. But I get most of protein from different beans. I love all beans, and I love making beans. My favorite bean dish is lentil soup.
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I love seitan! the recipe from Vegan Diner is incredible!
I love chickpeas! Hummus, or just in soups, salads etc
And lately i have been making lots of green smoothies

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#19 Old 10-08-2011, 12:17 PM
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Lentils - I especially like spiced lentil tacos.

I also love chickpeas. I throw them on salads, make mashed "chickpea salad" (same idea as tuna salad), make kale and chickpea soup with vegetables, roast them in the oven with oil and salt...and I eat hummus like it's my job, on all kinds of vegetables, pita bread, tortilla chips, multi-grain crackers.

Whole grains are another favorite protein of mine. The whole wheat pasta I use has either seven or eight grams of protein per serving (and I always eat more than one serving!)
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#20 Old 10-10-2011, 09:58 AM
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Beans of all kind, seitan, tofu and quinoa.
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Lentils, which technically are not a bean but a seed, and chickpeas, because I am a hummus addict.

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Originally Posted by fadeaway1289 View Post

seitan, tofu, and beans in all forms.

Originally Posted by PTree15 View Post

Beans of all kind, seitan, tofu and quinoa.

Originally Posted by luxdancer View Post

Lentils, which technically are not a bean but a seed, and chickpeas, because I am a hummus addict.

All of the above.
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