An open letter to omnivores… 

Seriously who thought fuck face Omnivores would’ve been telling you that you had to have meat. That she was a chosen one and (me) simply loved such a  calling and needed help with my game.

Well I’m here to tell you that you have no damn right to tell me how the right way to eat protein is. We, as  humans have found a way to eat protein no matter what the asshole behind us in the queue said.

Meat-eaters will never stop asking and vegans always get sick of hearing it:
“How do you get your protein?”
The image of a skinny (not to mention gangly and dread-headed) hippie has typically been the poster child of veganism. After all, there’s no way we can be muscular, fit and even bulky as vegans, right?
Wrong.
Vegan athletes like Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll, and Jimi Sitko are changing the negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein can not only build strong muscles, but can keep a vegan healthy enough to run, swim, bike, dance or pump iron – no flesh-eating necessary.
So how do you get your protein? Here are 10 vegan sources to try on for size:
1. Veggies: Yep, good old greens will pack a protein punch. One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams. You get the idea.

 

2. Hemp. No, you don’t have to get high to get your protein. But toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein – just like that.

 

3. Non-Dairy Milk. Got (soy) milk? A mere 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. Eat with some fortified cereal and you’ve got a totally vegan-friendly breakfast.

 

4. Nut Butter. Eat up your peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.

 

5. Quinoa. I kinda think quinoa is God’s gift to vegans (and gluten-free peeps!), as it’s versatile, delicious and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.
6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein. And at about 2 bucks a pop, it’s a cheap vegan’s BFF.

 

7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!
8. Beans. They really are the magical fruit. With one cup of pinto, kidney or black beans, you’ll get about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.

 

9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh packs abour 30 grams of protein! That’s more than 5 eggs or a regular hamburger patty.

 

10. Sprouted-grain bread. Pack a sandwich with vegan sprouted-grain bread and you’ll get about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.

 

Still want to ask me where I get my protein? Yeah. That’s what I thought.

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4 thoughts on “An open letter to omnivores… 

  1. I let my daughter read this because she stopoed eating meat and is very upset at the treatment of animals. Shes never had beef or pork. She wants to know if you ever ate meat,and when you stopped did you still crave it? Also do you eat meat substitutes like morning star chicn nuggets soy based or do you just eat a raw high carb vegan diet? Have you tried nature burgers? She hates that everyone feels they have to comment on her not eating meat as if it’s their business bc she doesnt just tell them they shouldn’t be eating meat so why do they get to voice their opinion to her…..just some things she wanted me to message you about. Loved your post!!!! I measured her protein one day and she got plenty!!!!! With just the kinds of foods she listed. I volunteered with a friend who worked for animal rights organization for years and watched all of the videos on the treatment of animals on factory farms etc. ive been a vegetarian for 25 years. Hope i didnt offend by any questions she had.

    1. OK, first of all, Hi to your daughter! *waves* She’s taken a great step towards saving any animals a year.

      I was forced to eat meat as a child. My ‘father’ would not allow vegetarianism. I hated every bite and became very close to an eating disorder as I would make myself puke after eating. I hated it, I felt so guilty.

      I quit eating meat at aged 16 when my ‘father’ kicked me out of the house. I don’t and never have missed eating animals. I’ve never craved it since.

      Yes I do eat soy based mince. You have to be careful about substitutes. Quorn is not vegan friendly. I’ve never tried nature burgers no.

      The thing is, no matter what you do in taking positive steps to save the planet and care for animals, there are always going to be asshats who just have to have their say. Politely say thank you for your opinion, but opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one. 😜

      I’m not offended in any way! If your daughter wants to talk to me again, I’d be only to happy to chat.x

      1. I also quit eating meat when i moved out. I swore when I had my daughter it would be her choice! When she was three she said she would never eat a cow or a pig and to make sure noone ever gave her any! I thought that was pretty cool from a 3 year old! As soon as she wakes up I will read her your reply. She will love it. Thank you! Im so sorry you were forced to eat it. Makes me angry for you and at the man who made you!

      2. I would cry before putting my fingers down my throat as I just couldn’t stand having animal flesh in my body. The only time I got to eat veggie was at school.

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