Vegan Protein for Pregnancy 101

Vegan Protein for Pregnancy 101

It’s common knowledge that when you’re pregnant your body needs more protein. Protein is considered one of the building blocks of life! We’ve grown up knowing some common protein sources that, if you had to list them, the list might look like this:

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Whey Protein Powder
  • These are the products we’ve learned are great sources of protein, and it’s true, these products do have protein in them, but there are other ways to get healthy protein that are vegan as well. For example, eggs have protein, but they can also be extremely acidic for the body. Meat has protein, but can also contain synthetic hormones, cholesterol, and uric acid, which actually leeches calcium from your bones. Fish is predominately farmed raised and can often be toxic, so it’s important to be aware of the source you get it from. There can be many dangers hidden in these common protein options. If you’re interested in doing more research, I’d recommend reading Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier or The China Study.
  • I’m 35 weeks pregnant with a very healthy baby growing inside! I’ve been vegan for pretty much my entire pregnancy. I had a tiny bit of organic raw dairy during the first trimester, but my body did not react well to it. Other than that, my pregnancy has been one hundred percent vegan. I’ve eaten a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and vegan proteins. I’ve felt amazing so far and I’ve gained the right amount of weight according to my midwife. And I haven’t suffered any of the common pregnancy ailments (morning sickness, swelling, headaches). I attribute this predominately to my diet. Here is a sample day for me as a pregnant mama to be:
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