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How to Get Enough Protein on a Vegan Diet

tofu vegan protein meal

How to Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Protein this Veganuary 


Whether you’re looking to kickstart your vegan journey during Veganuary or you’re simply curious to know how vegans get enough protein, you’ve come to the right place. Many people believe that you need meat, dairy and eggs in order to get your fill of protein – but you can still get the right amount of protein when you follow a plant-based diet. 


Protein plays an important role in supporting the growth and maintenance of bone, muscle and skin. Made up of amino acids, protein can be beneficial in building muscle mass and weight management, as it can help us to feel fuller for longer.  


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What Plant-Based Foods Are High in Protein?


To ensure you’re getting enough protein on a vegan diet, it all starts with a healthy, balanced diet. Luckily, there are plenty of plant-based foods that are high in protein. This list is not exhaustive, but you may want to consider adding a variety of these vegan protein sources into your diet, especially if you’re trying Veganuary for the first time:


  • Tofu
  • Seitan
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Chia seeds
  • Soy milk
  • Nuts and nut butters (such as peanuts and almonds)


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How Do Vegans Get Enough Protein?


The amount of protein you should eat per day is the same whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or meat-eater. At first glance into a vegan diet, it may seem difficult to get enough protein without meat and dairy. Depending on your health and fitness goals, it’s really easy to still maintain good levels of protein on a vegan diet.


Regardless of whether you’re a fitness fanatic looking to build muscle, or a vegan who wants to ensure you’re getting enough protein and essential amino acids in your body, you can consider upping your protein intake with the help of a plant-based protein powder or vegan protein bars.


vegan high-protein bowl with quinoa, chickpeas, avocado, sweet potato and salad


At Garden of Life, we’ve got a wide range of vegan protein powders and vegan protein bars available, providing you with an excellent source of complete protein. Check out our different ranges below.


Vanilla Plant-Based Protein Powder


Adding protein powder to your diet doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless. Try incorporating a vanilla plant-based protein powder into your routine for a delicious boost of protein. Blend up a tasty protein smoothie or make it with plant-based milk for a quick and easy vegan protein shake. You can also add your vanilla protein powder into vegan bakes and cooking too!


From our vanilla-flavoured Raw Organic Protein to our Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein, you can be confident that you’re providing your body with a clean blend of nutrients and essential amino acids, delivering up to 30g of plant-based protein in one serving.



Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder


Our plant-based protein powders are also available in a delicious chocolate flavour that is dairy-free and 100% vegan. Perfect for both pre- and post-workout, as well as incorporating into your daily routine as a vegan, our chocolate Raw Organic Protein Powder contains vitamins A, D, E and K, and helps to support immune health – what’s not to love!



You can also try our chocolate-flavoured nutrient blend specially made for sport, providing you with BCAAs and glutamine in addition to protein to help support your workout and recovery.



Unflavoured Plant-Based Protein Powder


A great way to incorporate more protein into your vegan diet is to add an unflavoured plant-based protein powder into your meals and cooking. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough protein from your food alone, an unflavoured protein powder may be the perfect solution.  


Made with raw, organic ingredients, this clean vegan protein powder can be added to stews, chilli, soup, and home-baked sweet treats without affecting the flavour. 



Vegan Protein Bars


When switching to a vegan diet, you may feel overwhelmed about what food to avoid and what plant-based ingredients you should consume more of. With plenty of ready-made vegan products and fast food now available in major supermarkets, it’s easy and convenient to pick these off the shelves instead of cooking fresh vegan meals from scratch.  


We recommend trying to plan your meals to ensure you’re fuelling your body with the nutrients it needs – especially through the use of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as other high-protein plant-based foods.  


Support your diet with a high-protein snack like our range of vegan protein bars. Free from gluten and made from organic ingredients, our vegan-friendly protein bars come in a range of delicious flavours including Chocolate FudgeChocolate MintSea Salt Caramel and Peanut Butter Chocolate. 


Our vegan protein bars are the perfect companion to any vegan diet, helping to support fitness goals and weight loss due to their filling nature. 


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