Plant Based protein: The complete Substitute

It’s hard to balance your plant-based proteins with a busy schedule like most of us have, and even harder to get in all the necessary proteins when the sources can be so filling and nutrient dense. But we’ve made something new, now getting your protein needs met on a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle has never been easier!

Below we’ll talk about these topics for those looking to explore this awesome plant-based option:

  • Why do our bodies need protein?
  • What’s different about the plant-based option?
  • Where is the protein sourced? 
  • How much do I need? 

Why Do Our Bodies Need Protein? 

Getting our daily protein intake is vital in taking care of our bodies. Protein is a building block of our bones, muscles and cartilage. Our body uses it to repair our tissue and muscles throughout the day and as we rest at night. It is also important because it helps our blood flow throughout our body and helps us regulate our digestion. Below is a deeper look into each of these functions.

Build. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage and skin. In fact, your hair and nails are mostly made of protein.

Repair. Your body uses it to build and repair tissue.

Oxygenate. Red blood cells contain a protein compound that carries oxygen throughout the body. This helps supply your entire body with the nutrients it needs.

Digest. About half the dietary protein that you consume each day goes into making enzymes, which aids in digesting food, and making new cells.

Regulate. Protein plays an important role in hormone regulation all throughout life, but especially during the transformation and development of cells during puberty. 

It’s not always easy to consume the daily amount needed for our bodies, this amount varies person to person due to weight, height and physical activity. It can be hard to get the proper amount of protein for a number of reasons, our busy schedules, our routines of the things we like to eat/cook, and to simply eat that much if we aren’t very hungry.

Without the proper amount of protein intake daily, it’s difficult to grow muscle and see the results from the gym. You’ll also slowly feel the effects over time on your body, it might not be as prominent as when we don’t have enough water, but you may feel more tired or muscle fatigue more frequently. 

What’s Different About the Plant-Based Option? 

Many people looking to use quality protein to increase their protein intake traditionally rely on whey, which comes from milk. But this Vegan friendly option is 100% plant based. For those that are lactose intolerant or have other issues digesting dairy products, it can be difficult to absorb. It’s also a convenience factor for those that choose to live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

Plant-based alternatives meet the same needs but are easier on the body and digestive system. 

Where does the protein come from if it’s not from milk?

Let’s be clear, protein is derived from many sources. Yes, we are all familiar, it can come from meats and milk but it can also be derived from chickpeas, beans and quinoa and many other vegetables. 

The trouble comes in when we get technical and talk about complete vs. incomplete proteins. This isn’t talked about with whey protein because dairy products are complete proteins because they contain the nine amino acids that make up a ‘complete protein’, that can properly fuel your body. 

Our Genesis 1;29 protein is sourced from rice, pea and quinoa. 

Quinoa and pea on their own is a complete protein, containing the nine amino acids your body needs to stay strong and repair muscle tissue, plus much more. 

Rice contains 8 of the 9 and has been added to our Genesis 1;29 protein for its blood pressure lowering effects and antioxidant properties that help remove toxins from the body naturally. 

This combination of all three sources makes our Genesis 1;29 protein a wonderful substitute for Whey protein without missing out on any benefits of taking protein. Whether you prefer plant-based protein or have adopted a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, this protein will meet all your needs and even satisfy a chocolate craving.

How Much Do I Need? 

The amount your body needs depends on your weight, height, age, activity level and goals for your body. Without an in-detail personal assessment from our nutrition coach, it is safe to follow this basic rule of thumb that an average adult needs 1 gram of protein for every 2 pounds they weigh. 

For more detail please reach out to our nutrition coach via email Derekanderson@spiritualmindednutrition with the phrase ‘Protein Assessment’. 

Visit our Spiritual Minded Nutrition Shop and browse our two flavors of this Plant-Based option!