Where is the protein?
Vegans and vegetarians hear this question a lot, “where do you get your protein?”. We understand the concern because protein is the building block of life and an essential part of all living organisms. The problem is that many people relate protein exclusively with animal products but that is not the only source. So, what is protein? Protein is made up of twenty different amino acids, eleven of which can be synthesized naturally by our bodies. The remaining nine are considered essential amino acids which we must ingest through the foods we eat. If you are striving to move towards a plant based diet, it is important to combine and include a rotation of foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and superfoods like spirulina and maca in order to satisfy your body’s protein needs.
Leafy greens like kale contain 2.9 grams of protein per cup, this is where juicing becomes magic! Some juices can contain up to six pounds of produce in one sixteen ounce bottle. When you juice vegetables and fruits you receive concentrated forms of nutrients, including protein. For example, our juice “Not For Sissies” contains about 10 grams of protein per pint. Smoothies are a great way to pack in protein as well, you can throw in a tablespoon of superfoods like chia seeds (1 tablespoon = 2g protein), hemp seeds (1 tablespoon = 3.5g protein), and spirulina (1 tablespoon = 4g protein) for a boost of protein and other vital nutrients. The amazing thing about eating plant based proteins is that it’s easily digestible by your body, unlike animal sources. Fruits and vegetables alkalize your body and provide other essential vitamins and nutrients necessary for a healthy and happy you. So kick back, relax, drink a green juice and rest assured that you’re getting plenty of protein.