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How to get enough protein in a plant-based diet

Whether you’re a weekend warrior, an ultra-endurance athlete or something in between, you need additional protein in your diet to help repair and rebuild your muscle. But what if you want plant-based?

You’re Not Alone
You may be surprised to discover that more and more people are seeking plant-based sources of protein. Vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike are turning to the power of plants.

Why? Because they nourish the body, providing valuable vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are essential to life and high performance. For this reason, they have caught on like wildfire.

While largely unappreciated until recently, plant proteins have the power to fuel your body for greater endurance, build lean muscle and accelerate recovery from sport, exercise and adventure. If you haven’t tried it for yourself, it’s time you do.

The Problems With Plant-Based Protein Powders
Okay, let’s be real. If you’ve been around for long, you probably know that finding a great protein powder is easier said than done. They tend to come with a few challenges:

1) They’re difficult to digest
Grains, seed and legumes contain antinutrients which act as a protective mechanism that prevent digestion and absorption. Some even find that plant-based protein powders cause gas and bloating because of poor digestibility.

2) They may contain GMO’s and pesticides
Food is being modified and sprayed like never before. They are being genetically altered to grow faster, produce more and withstand a heavy dose of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides that can all make their way into our shakes and bodies.

3) They taste horrible
Plant-based protein powders are difficult to flavour well; not to mention deal with the gritty texture that feels like you’re drinking sand. A lot of people have tried it once and never gone back.

Is There a Solution?
Thankfully, these three challenges no longer have to keep you from getting all the protein you need. Here are three things to look for:

1) Start with sprouted
Sprouted grains and seeds have a lower antinutrient content as well as greater enzyme activity for improved digestibility and absorption. Plus, they have been shown to be higher in nutrients like the B-vitamins, Vitamin C and essential amino acids. The net result is undeniably better nutrition.

2) Strive for organic
Sprouted is a great start, but organic takes your protein to a whole new level. By choosing organic, you get far superior nutrition and you protect yourself from the pesticides that are used in conventional farming. Plus, an organic food is automatically non-GMO, which means it hasn’t been genetically engineered away from its natural state.

3) Embrace the new great taste
Plant-based proteins don’t have to taste bad anymore. While many still do, newer brands are coming out with flavour profiles you wouldn’t believe.

Introducing Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein
One of our favourite plant proteins is Sprouted Protein by Iron Vegan. It’s a blend of 5 plant-based proteins: brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet and pumpkin seed. Each one is certified organic, raw and sprouted at room temperature for greater nutrition & impact on your performance.

It gets better. Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein is also gluten free, soy free, kosher and is 100% all natural. Each serving is packed with 17g of quality protein and a complete amino acid profile so it can go to work in your body without waste.

If all that isn’t enough, Sprouted Protein actually tastes great. Gone is the gritty, grainy mouth feel of a typical vegan protein. In its place is a smooth, delicious flavour and creamy texture that will almost certainly surprise you.

If you’re ready to up your game with the power of plants, then Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein is for you.

Try This!
Protein Bites recipe

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