My trainer at crossfit yesterday asked me something that I hear all the time: "Do you get enough protein?" The answer is YES! You can get plenty of protein in your diet with out eating meat, even if you're an athlete. I used to believe that vegetarians/vegans did not get enough protein until I tried it myself. I'm actually kind of surprised that this myth exists since we grew up with cartoons of Popeye eating cans of spinach to get strong.
So, to prove to everyone that there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein, I decided to track my protein intake in a typical day of me eating vegan.
Breakfast: smoothie with Vega One, banana, and almond milk - 16 g
Lunch: spinach salad with red pepper, avocado, chickpeas, and edemame - 14 g
Afternoon snack: apple and peanut butter - 6 g
Dinner: Mexican-style pizza with sprouted grain tortilla, Daiya cheese, pico de gallo, and black beans - 14 g (recipe on this coming soon!)
Evening snack: popcorn with nutritional yeast - 8 g
That's a total of 58 grams of protein, which is over my recommended daily value! If I didn't want to use a meal supplement like Vega One, then I would eat something like chia seeds, quinoa, or oats with nuts for the same amount of protein. Therefore, crossfitters can be vegan :)