But what is Veganuary, exactly? (Other than a snappy portmanteau.) Simple, Veganuary is campaign aimed at encouraging people to try a vegan diet for a month, in the hope that they might make the change permanent, having witnessed first-hand how easy (not to mention satisfying) it is.
FYI: A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including meat, fish, eggs, and dairy foods. Essentially eating anything that comes from a plant – fruit, vegetables, seeds, pulses, nuts, beans, and grains, which, as we’ll discover shortly, can be great sources of protein for vegans.
Of course, vegan diets still require balance, with meals that hit each required food group. And people often worry that excluding meat and dairy will negatively impact their protein levels. But that isn’t the case, and there are numerous vegan protein sources that can be easily worked into your plant-based diet.
Protein-rich foods are vital for the growth and repair of muscles as well as cognitive development. But where do vegans get protein, you ask? Well, there are a range of readily available options including beans, nuts, seeds, and pulses. Remember Amino acids? Well, they're the building blocks of protein, and eating some of them is essential because the body can't produce it on its own.
And with that in mind, here are five of the best protein sources for vegans: