I like to have a protein smoothie in the morning, because I'm a lazy breakfast maker (and like to sleep in!). I used to do a soy-based protein, but I've become a bit wary of isolate and concentrated soy (some research has shown a possible negative effect of soy, but that research was done on isolates or concentrates, not real soy 'foods'). Since I gave it up, I've noticed I digest things better!
I first went to "Vegan COmplete," a rice/pea based vegan protein powder with added vitamins and minerals. Then, after dong some reading about it, I started using more hemp protein powder. Hemp protein is an excellent type of protein, very assimilable and complete. I used to do my own mish-mosh of hemp protein, frozen fruit, and maca powder in juice, but now I often use Vega meal replacement, with some frozen fruits, in rice milk.
Thanks, Kathryn for all your help - You are awesome, woman!!
Yes, I have heard a lot about soy products but you were right before - you mentioned to use in small doses!! In the beginning of my switch over from SAD to veggie, I ate soy at almost every meal and became backed up and sick.
I wasn't feeling well at all and as I backed off the soy - I began to feel better. But because of my protein issues, I would go back on the soy every night and get sick again - way too much soy for me. So I did a fast of soy for about a month and then reintroduced soy into my diet about 2-3x's in one week and everything started to work out better for me. I was getting the protein partially from soy and others such as rice/beans, rice milk. So I learned the word "moderation" LOL the hard way and tossed out the all or nothing attitude so now I enjoy soy in small doses. I will look more into the differences between isolate and concentrated as I find the research interesting at times.
And Kathryn, I will look into "Vegan COmplete" - I don't remember that name but I do have the Hemp Powder - OMG, girl - wow can you drink that stuff?
I spent a small fortune on it and I couldn't drink it. LOL But I will look for some good recipes because I really didn't know how to prepare it and the recipe they had listed, well - yuk!! LOL I might as well try to find a good recipe to do a body good and not let it go bad, ay?
And I will look into "Vega" meal replacement. OMGosh!! There is so much more available then when I was first interested in becoming a vegan almost 2 years ago!!! And I am glad too!!
Thank you so much again Kathryn for taking the time to post. I appreciate your vegan gifts of sharing. ~ Chickpea
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