The beginning of January is the time when we get bombarded with information and tips about starting a New Years resolution and dieting! However, if we simply eat well and a balanced diet, enjoying a good combination of fruits, vegetables, proteins and wholegrain, then there isn’t a need to diet.
What we do need to consider is how much we eat, in what combinations, how often and of course increase our knowledge and awareness of eating in season and Organic where possible.
When you become vegan, it is so very easy for you to turn to ready made meals to fill the gap, especially when ‘veganism’ is new to you and certain foods types can be quite confusing, especially when it comes to replacing meats with natural plant based proteins!
Here I want to share with you some of my best tips and top protein rich foods to use when creating delicious and healthy dishes to try at home.
For me personally, eating vegan is about enjoying a healthy balanced plant based diet, keeping away from all animal products because of my own belief system and the negative impact these products have on my body (and mind) as well as contributing to the the well being and safety of animals.
Top 10 Vegan Proteins
Beans, especially black beans, have a high level of protein. They are so versatile, filling and extremely tasty when making stews, dips, soups as well as included in salads.
Click here for our Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stew recipe.
Quinoa is an extremely protein rich grain and has twice as much fiber as other grains. It is a great alternative to rice and can be used to create both hot and cold dishes and delicious in salads.
Click here for our delicious Red Pepper, Quinoa & Black Bean Salad recipe.
3. Soya bean products (tofu, tempeh, soya beans)
Soya products are on the increase and a great ‘meat’ substitute especially in the forms of tempeh and tofu. However, because of how these products can be made, I strongly recommend buying Organic and eating only fresh products rather than the dried version (i.e. textured soya in the forms of mince and chunks) therefore not being GMO!
Click here for our delicious Tofu Scramble recipe.
As you know, vegetables are plenty and come in many shapes, sizes, colours, forms and flavours. My recommendation is to always eat Organic and in season. By eating in season benefits you as you will always be enjoying a different variety of vegetables as well as enjoying their best natural flavours as they are in season. Eating in season works in the same way for salad vegetables, if not more, when you can truly taste the delicious freshness and flavours of tomatoes, cucumbers, variety of lettuces and salad leaves and a huge variety of herbs.
Rich protein vegetables:
Click here for our delicious and filling Cauliflower & Potato Corn Chowder recipe.
5. Potato (including sweet)
Potatoes are a staple in many diets across the world and in the UK, this is no exception. From our famous and loved jackets to our celebrated Sunday roast potatoes. Even better, we can now enjoy sweet potatoes in a variety of different dishes from both savoury as well as sweet (I love sweet potato chocolate brownies)! The list of what to make is endless.
Click here for our succulent & decadent Sweet Potato & Chocolate Brownie recipe.
Fruits are delicious and we are so lucky to be exposed to so many varieties. Again, always try to eat in season so you can enjoy its natural benefits and flavours.
Click here for our moist Banana & Date Loaf Cake recipe.
7. Whole-grains (bread, pasta, rice)
Breads, pasta and rice are best enjoyed in the wholegrain (brown) variety as they are at their best and highest national values.
8. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great way to have healthy fats in our diets as well as them being so tasty. They are healthy and nutritious and great as a snack on the go.
Click here for our healthy and delicious Granola Tart recipe.
7. Plant based milks
We are so lucky to be exposed to the World Wide Web where there is so much knowledge on how to make our own milks from natural plants which include nuts and seeds. Not only can we make milks from natural plants, nuts and seeds, we can make nut butters, cheeses, yoghurts and so much more. Again, as mentioned above, it is important to source Organic products.
Click here for our Cashew Cream recipe.
Click here for our delicious and creamy Cashew Milk recipe.
Lentils are a great source of proteins and have been proven to benefit the heart, digestive systems as well as stabilising blood sugar levels. They are extremely filling and can be used in place of bread, pasta and rice.
Click here for our tasty and filling Sweet Potato & Lentil burger recipe.