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Quick backstory.

-Started being a vegetarian 2.5 weeks ago.
-I eat very unhealthy, but I did so even before I became a vegetarian. Now I just don't have to kill animals to do it.
-Every April I get membership at a local gym
-This year I'm considering getting a protein supplement to help my workout/gain muscle.

This year it may be even more important because I don't know if I am getting enough protein. I used to get way more than I needed, but now that I'm vegetarian, I'm unsure. I basically have no idea how much protein I'm supposed to be getting, or that I even actually am getting.

So lets just assume I am not getting anywhere near enough. Will drinking one of those workout protein shakes daily, after a workout, help me get what I need, or am I completely wrong?
 

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Here is one example of what I might eat over the course of a day. I will have four bananas, two oranges, four small apples, eight ounces of strawberries, two grapefruits, the juice of one lemon, a head of romaine lettuce, two tomatoes, half a hothouse cucumber, a few slices of onion, a clove or two of garlic, two cups of broccoli, eight ounces of spinach, one cup of green peas, and one tablespoon of a mixture of equal parts of ground flax, sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds, and a brazil nut, and I get fifty two grams of protein from eating like this. That's without eating any beans or grains.

You can figure out what you are getting from plugging what you eat into a site like Fitday.com or Nutridiary.com. It'll set your mind at ease when you see for yourself exactly how much nutrition you are getting from your foods.
 

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Just eat food you don't need a protein supplement. Eat a meal that has a little higher amounts of protein in it you should be fine. You probably don't even need to make sure it has higher amounts of protein in it. I'd suggest making a green smoothie with chia seeds because you're getting greens (you said you eat unhealthy) and chia contains protein, calcium, and omega fatty acids.
 

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I work out a lot and particularly focus on weight lifting. I eat Clif Bars (the Builder Bars = 20 grams of protein) like they're going out of style. Today for instance I lifted for two hours so I ate a Clif Bar before I went and one when I got home, had a Tofurkey Italian Style Sausage and soup for Lunch and I was looking at about 80 grams of protein by lunch time. By the end of the day I'll be topping of at 95-100 grams of protein. I certainly wouldn't worry about taking in this much protein if I weren't feverishly working out all the time. Every now and then I take 5 days to a week off from the gym and during those times I typically take in about half that amount of protein. I thought about protein shakes before, but I have no problem getting enough protein through my diet (and I'm a Vegan) for my body to recover and build muscle so I figured why bother?
 

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It's probably unnecessary unless you're intentionally trying to gain a lot of muscle mass. Back when I was doing heavy weightlifting 5 times a week, I did have to start drinking protein shakes to get myself over a plateau.

But if you're just doing a normal level of exercise, I wouldn't worry about it. You only need about 50 grams of protein a day, and that's not hard to get at all. Before you add them in, you might want to figure out how much protein you're getting in a typical day.

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm
 

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I'm vegan, and on a high protein regimen at the moment, and consume 150-175 grams of protein a day. Protein shakes are critical for me to keep those levels going.

I know a lot of people have issues with high-protein diets, but it's working for me, and my progress is being carefully supervised.
 

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I work out a lot and particularly focus on weight lifting. I eat Clif Bars (the Builder Bars = 20 grams of protein) like they're going out of style. Today for instance I lifted for two hours so I ate a Clif Bar before I went and one when I got home, had a Tofurkey Italian Style Sausage and soup for Lunch and I was looking at about 80 grams of protein by lunch time. By the end of the day I'll be topping of at 95-100 grams of protein. I certainly wouldn't worry about taking in this much protein if I weren't feverishly working out all the time. Every now and then I take 5 days to a week off from the gym and during those times I typically take in about half that amount of protein. I thought about protein shakes before, but I have no problem getting enough protein through my diet (and I'm a Vegan) for my body to recover and build muscle so I figured why bother?
It's great that you're looking out for the vegan type of bars but are you aware that they are not gluten free? I use a vegan/gluten free protein powder & make my own protein bars (no bake
) Since you said you eat them like they are going out of style, maybe going this route would be cheaper for you?
 
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