Much like Beyonce the (sometimes) vegan the main question I a vegetarian am asked is ‘where do you get your protein from?’ And every time I think to myself ‘Really? Is this where we’re at? Still?’
It’s made me realise that most people aren’t aware exactly how much protein is needed each day and how many different sources of protein there are that are vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Depending on your goals you need anywhere between 0.8 and 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. So if you are 70 kilograms you need only around 70 grams of protein each day.
Proteins are known as the building blocks of the body. They break down into amino acids that promote cell growth and repair muscle. Proteins take longer to digest than carbohydrates helping you feel fuller for longer and on fewer calories – a plus for anyone trying to lose weight.
Beyonce and Jay Z have been promoting a vegan diet for six months now. Photo: Getty Images
Having been a vegetarian all my life and in the fitness industry for eight years I can say with confidence that using the above formula the following proteins as supply me with enough protein and also give me enough energy to train with. ‘Cause it ain’t all about poached chicken’.