Q: I'm sure you've heard this question many times, but I was wondering how vegans get in their protein? I've gone vegan and am not attracted to all the soy products, plus beans are nice, but what else is there?
~Hankering for Plant Protein
A: Thanks for the question! When it comes to protein, people are really talking about complete sources of protein, which includes all 18 amino acids. Some sources of vegetable protein may have all 18, but may be rather low in 1 or 2 of them---> which is why you'll often see a grain paired with a bean in many vegetarian recipes. The truth is that you do NOT have to eat grains and beans together in the same meal, but can eat them separately in the SAME day. In fact, you can eat a variety of plant proteins throughout the day without worrying about whether they are a complete source of protein or not.
Don't worry if you aren't into grains as there are lots of alternatives! One good rule of thumb is to think green :)
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