I am new to the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, and i cannot stomach the taste or texture of tofu, soy cheese and rice cheese. Is there anything else i can try to add protien to my diet. The only protein i am getting is a plant based protien powder that i have as a morning shake and differant beans. Please give me suggestions as i am thinking of going back to egg and cheese and i don't want to do that. Please help!! Thankyou in advance.
Keep going with the beans. Add lentils, nuts and seeds. Have you tried tempeh (another form of soy) or seitan (if you're not gluten sensitive)? Quinoa is great for protein too. Have you tried hemp milk? There are plenty of vegans who don't eat soy so you can do it!
Head over to your Whole Foods or next best option.
Wander until you stumble across the grain aisle.
Go to town on throwing bags of (organic when possible) millet, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, oat groats, sprouted brown rice, red rice, black rice, wheat berry....if it looks like a whole grain, grab it.
Then stumble (bc you'll be giddy with delight) over to the dried beans area and grab every single lovely and unique bean and lentil and do your best to refrain from throwing them in the air and dancing in them as they rain down...tempting I know, but they're even better when you eat them.
Poke a few different types of nuts into your basket on your delighted jig to the checkout lane, and toss them just as merrily into dishes at random.
Tempeh & wheat meat are other alternatives, but nothing is quite as pure and sweet as unadulterated whole grains, beans, legumes...they are truly the foods of the gods...pure and straight from the plant....heavenly!
After reading the comments here I found the information to be helpful but still have one question. Does anybody have an opinion one way or the other on if genetically modified soy which is pretty much all soy products grown in the US is unhealthy enough to give up completely and thus lose soy products as part as your vegan diet?
Juxta, I just had to say you are awesome! I loved that post... I am having the same prob over here...hate hate hate the texture of soy and tofu. I am happy to report that I have been able to eat very well without either of them. Just do what Juxta said, make the bulk aisle your best friend and go to town on the grains, beans and nuts. That is exactly what I have been doing and just throwing different things together. So far, so good and I feel amazing! (I have a bladder disease and this is saying alot!) :) Lots of luck, Pam
I just joined and am so glad to have found a site to address these questions! I am very confused about the soy controversy as it seems all soy - organic or not is impacted by GM. I struggle with what to feed my family - my boys love tofu and do not like many other forms of protein (not big on nuts, beans or even peanut butter!). We still do dairy and eggs (have our own chickens) - would love to reduce/eliminate dairy but do not feel I have enough alternatives (that I am aware of) that are not processed. Maybe I will get some ideas here!
Juxta - I think you must have been watching me when I was last at Whole Foods. That is EXACTLY how I feel every time I get to go play in the bulk aisle!! No joke - I go in for one thing, and come out with 50 bags of new grains, and beans and all sorts of things. Such joy!!
BTW - for all of you who live close enough to a Whole Foods or other similar store and think that it is too expensive, I have found that spending most of my time in the grain aisle is the EASIEST way to eat a VERY inexpensive and VERY delicious vegan diet. At work, we always used to joke and call Whole Foods "Whole Paycheck", but not in the bulk aisle!
Happy hunting for protein!!
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