While I myself am not doing a vegan nutrition plan, something vegans and even vegetarians who are finicky need to remember: By eliminating food groups from your diet, you are potentially at risk of missing out on certain micronutrients. By avoiding animal and animal products, a vegan diet is at risk of being low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, if you follow a vegan diet it is essential that you get enough of these nutrients through specific vegan food sources – and may even need to take additional supplements.
When selecting dairy-free alternatives, make sure you are choosing the fortified options. Humus is a good nutrition choice; tahini (sesame seed paste) is a good source of calcium, zinc and iron, which are all micronutrients hard to get a hold of on a vegan diet.
Vegan Shakeology is a great supplement for those on a vegan or vegetarian nutrition plan:
- It is fairly low calorie (160 per serving), but packs in so many nutrients including: 15 grams of protein from raw sprouted brown rice, 9 essential amino acids, prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and loads of “superfood” ingredients for antioxidants.
- It suits a variety of special dietary needs. It’s gluten-free and made without top allergens (soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free).
- It’s low in sugar. Most of the sugars come from nature within the fruits, since the only added sweetener is essentially stevia. It’s almost dessert-like and when blended!
While within my own lifestyle I am focusing on a a more pescatarian/vegetarian/ovo-vegetarian centered nutrition plan, I am also trying to keep my nutrition clean and whole food oriented and items like these below that are consumed by many vegetarians and vegans I just keep out of my diet.
Soy, in large or often amounts: “because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients.” First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.”
Nutritional Yeast: Simply because I don’t think it makes ANYTHING really taste like cheese. I would rather just eliminate the cheese and stop trying to emulate it with something that tatses nothing like the cheese I so love and is so bad for me and my health. It just toys with my senses.