Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How Do Vegetarian Babies Get Protein?

I love this vegan sources of protein chart from Mercy for Animals. I am raising my son vegetarian and people often ask me how we get protein. Non-vegetarian folks instantly think of meat when they think of protein but there are so many based foods that are rich in protein. Plus, many of these foods are much easier for your body to process than meat. 

We are vegetarians (not vegans) so we include egg and cheese in our diet, which are both sources of protein. We drink smoothies every day that have spinach which has protein. We also eat this amazing organic bread from Milton's Bakery (they have it at Costco) which has 5g of protein per slice. I like making lentil soup and eating broccoli which both have... you guessed it! Protein!

Here's a list of ton of vegan foods that contain protein on

For pre-made baby foods, I like these products:
Plum Organics Baby Training Meals, Multigrain Super Greens, 4-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
This is vegetarian (not vegan) and it contains 28% of baby's daily protein (4g)
Plum Organics Baby Training Meals, Red Lentil Veggie, 4-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
This is a vegan meal and it contains 14% of baby's daily protein (2g)
Organic Baby Food - Stage 2 - Hugely Hearty Four Bean Feast With Big Flavour 7-Pack - 7 x 4.5 oz - Box - This meal is also vegan and has 6g of protein!

I love the plum organics training meals for days where he just won't eat what I cook. My son likes both of these, but try one first before you buy 12 of them, because not everyone seems to like them as much as my little guy.

Here's how much protein you need to get daily from WebMD:
Infants require about 10 grams a day.
Teenage boys need up to 52 grams a day.
Teenage girls need 46 grams a day.
Adult men need about 56 grams a day.
Adult women need about 46 grams a day.

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