Motivation Monday: Plant-Based Protien

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend J I didn’t get much done, but I took some time to sleep, relax and surf.

On Saturday, the swell we’ve been waiting for came in a day early! We got to gorge on big waves with steep faces & decent barrels with only a few other people. The surf report said only 1-2 feet (Hawaiian – meaning the back, not the face) and it ended up somewhere north of 3-4. The next day I got my arse handed to me – I couldn’t even make the full paddleout! And got smashed, held under, and have a big bruise and cut on my knee to show for my efforts.

Waves rolling in at Makapu

Waves rolling in at Makapu

On Sunday, I dragged my tired, sore self to the Kalama Beach Park in Kailua. Even though Kailua is so busy and touristy, it felt so good to just relax and enjoy the scenery. I met up with an old friend that had been off island for a couple of months, so we laid out to get our tan on & catch up.

Anyways, we ended up talking about plant-based proteins. My friend’s a die-hard lifter and has the six – wait, no eight – pack to prove it. Although she’s super active, her doctor told her she had to seriously cut back on all the animal protein because it was wreaking havoc on her system.

MRM Veggie Elite

MRM Veggie Elite

I recommended my vegan protein powder, MRM Veggie Elite, which I get from Bodybuilding.com. It’s protein, amino acid, and nutrient content rivals that of whey, and it tastes (in my opinion) even better than the real deal. Plus, it has no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. Game on.

There’s quite a few veg-friendly options out there, because not everyone can handle 233235345g of casein day in, day out. I’ve tried others, but they were pretty awful and more expensive than the one I use! It also comes in Mocha Cappuccino (yum!) but I love the Vanilla Bean blended up with almond milk & a frozen banana.

Since I’m really active, protein is definitely central to my diet. And healthy fats! But those I easily get from flaxseed, nut butter & cooking with olive/coconut/sunflower seed oil.

Protien, my friends, is the golden ticket to feeling full and happy! And while most people associate protein with animal products & meat, the land of plants is chock full of killer protein sources. Plus, they don’t come bogged down with loads of saturated fat, cholesterol, calories, and not to mention all the icky hormones & antibiotics.

My favorite sources are: beans, tofu, quinoa, green peas, broccoli, tempeh, pumpkin seeds, and oatmeal! Take note that all of these infographics are focusing on whole foods, which is great, but mock meats, vegan cheese, and nut butters are great sources of easy protein as well.

 


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