In the UK the amount of people following a vegan diet and not eating any animal derived products is at an all time high. There are now estimated to be over 542,000 vegans in the UK. This doesn't take into account the thousands of people incorporating more plant-based meals into their diets (following campaigns like meat-free Mondays). Most of our customers now include at least one plant-based meal in their recipe boxes every week.
There is still one question we get asked all the time by people looking to start a vegan diet "how do I get my protein?" This is usually a problem of not understanding what protein is. Protein is made up of essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids - think of these as the building blocks of muscle.
Essential amino acids - not synthesised by the body. You must get them from your food.
Non-essential amino acids - can be synthesised by the body.
Incorrectly people assume you can only get protein from animals or supplements. While it is far more abundant and easily accessible from animal sources, plants also have a wide range of essential amino acids available. Finding protein sources from plants does require a little more planning and a wider variety of food to make sure you are hitting a lot of the essential amino acids your body needs.
- Start slow - don't try changing everything at once. Try incorporating more plant-based options into your diet week by week.
- Switch it up - there are lots of delicious, inventive recipes swapping meat for vegetables that taste amazing. Meals like our vegan lasagne which is one of our customers favourites.
- Plan your food - this is one of the most important things you need to do when following a vegan diet. You need to eat a diverse range of plant-based sources to ensure you don't become deficient in any essential amino acids.
- Look for protein filled plant-based options such as - quinoa, spinach, beans, legumes and nuts.
- Try recipe boxes - get healthy vegan meals delivered straight to your door. This is a great way to experience new recipes and try food you haven't before.