Hi friends! So it’s been a little over a week since adjusting my diet based on my newly discovered food sensitivities. I think I have been doing a good job at staying positive, trying new things and tackling this head on. As you know, my main concern in all of this is making sure I get enough protein. Running and Crossfit are certainly hard on my muscles (even though they are little) so I need lots of protein in order to refuel. I am striving to have chicken or fish four times a week for dinner but I am sticking to my meatless lunches. This week my protein source for lunch is lentils… just one cup of lentils packs 16g of protein! #plantpower
Without yogurt and eggs, breakfast has been a bit trickier. While I try to get most of my protein from real food, I do use protein powder. I had always been a whey protein powder gal, but now that dairy is out I have been vigorously taste testing and experimenting with plant based powders. Plant based protein powders are easily digestible and have been proven to fight inflammation and reduce muscle soreness more effectively than dairy-based proteins. [Source]
Here’s how it’s been going…
1. Vega: Vega is a combination of plant protein: pea, flax, brown rice and hemp. One serving (105 calories) provides 11g of protein.
I typically use Vega [the energizing smoothie blend in vanilla] to make shakes/smoothies. I love it for “green smoothies” and it even proved successful for overnight oats… although the mixture was a little green. Like seriously too green to even photograph… so this recycled photograph of my green smoothie will have to do. In the smoothie: 1 scoop Vega, 1 banana, 1 cup hemp milk and a big handful of spinach.
2. Sunwarrior: Sunwarrior protein powder is another great plant-based option. It does not have a chalky taste, it’s non-GMO, gluten-free, soy free and dairy free. I bought a few sample packs to try both of the Sunwarrior blends: the classic and the Warrior blend.
The classic blend is made up of raw whole grain brown rice protein. In just 80 calories, it packs 17g of protein. The Warrior blend is made up of a combination of protein: cranberry, pea, hemp seed and triglycerides. It has a bit more protein then the classic blend — 20g per serving.
I liked both of the blends in oatmeal and overnight oats.
For the hot oatmeal I combine 1/3 cup quick cooking oats, 1 scoop Sunwarrior, 2/3 cup water, 1/2 a sliced banana. Mix it all up. Microwave for 1 minute. Stop and stir. Microwave for another 45 seconds.
For the overnight oats I combine 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats, 1 scoop Sunwarrior, 2/3 cup hemp milk and a few mix-ins (like dried fruit or seeds)
3. Hemp protein powder: Hemp protein powder is a near-complete plant based, vegan protein. It is high in fiber and omega-6 fatty acids. I have been using the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 which is made up of hemp protein concentrate and natural plant extracts. Four tablespoons contain 140 calories and 20g of protein.
For the hot oatmeal: I combine 1/3 cup quick cooking oats, 2-3 tbsp hemp protein powder and 2/3 cup water. Mix it all up. Microwave for 1 minute. Stop and stir. Microwave for another 45 seconds. Add toppings.
Thanks for the hemp protein suggestion Danielle!
I am really glad that I found three great and different protein powder options. This process has taught me how important it is to have variety in our diets because we can clearly develop intolerances to even “healthy” foods. I’ve been switching up my breakfasts with smoothies, quinoa flakes, Ezekiel cereal/bread and an oat, quinoa, chia and amaranth hot cereal. Phew! Don’t want to develop an oat intolerance :) I’m still working on perfecting vegan protein pancakes… it’s harder than it sounds.
So it turns out things aren’t so bad after all. Sure I miss my egg white and spinach scrambles and greek yogurt and chocolate chips but hey, if this is what it’s gotta be like for awhile to figure out my tummy troubles then I am committed.
Sometimes you just gotta make lemonade from lemons… and thankfully I’m not sensitive to lemons.
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this post — I just genuinely like these products and thought you might like them too!
Questions of the day…
Have you tried Vega, Sunwarrior or Hemp protein powders?
What are your thoughts on plant based protein powders?
Vegans — how do you up your protein at breakfast?