Getting enough veggie sourced protein into my husband is becoming a full-time job for me. I'm having a lot of trouble because he does not like beans, legumes, and hardly likes lentils. He will tolerate them served in different ways but how many times a day can you have lentils? He likes nuts which are good protein source, but he cannot eat handfuls of nuts all day. Although veggie shake protein powder is processed, I thought I would give it a try see if he could at least get 15 to 20 g protein in the morning and would not have to worry as much over the course of the day. I had been putting Chia in his shakes, but an ounce of Chia has 9 g of fat and only 5g of protein so I need to find something more purely protein. I whipped up this lovely strawberry banana shake and added the veggie protein and with one sip I looked at him and held my breath. With husband, it is pretty much the same as with kids, you don't want to act like it is a big deal so you casually hand over a shake, and in this case you get to see his whole face scrunch up and then hear "this is disgusting." Ugh. I tried 3 more types and he hated them all.
He deemed it too gritty to get down. Granted there is some grit in most veggie protein powder sources. I looked into other ways to get protein like protein bars but they are mostly filled with isolated soy protein which is not a great vegan protein source as it is highly processed and controversial. I had high hopes for this shake so it was a bummer when he couldn't get more than one sip down. I am going to try a couple of other brands, but I have tried lots of them and they all taste pretty similar. This was the one that I thought he would tolerate best.
Honestly I was pretty mad and frustrated!!! He isn't feeling great because he is only getting 25-30 gms of protein in a day and that is too little and not OK. To meet his 10% requirement he should have about 50gms of protein. He won't eat leafy greens unless I make them, and does not want them every night. He will eat tofu once in a while, but doesn't love it. I throw edamame on what I can and have sought out seeds like pumpkin seeds with higher protein content, but I noticed that when I look at his finished plate a lot of the seeds have been moved off to the side. I am so frustrated and so is he, but he is not willing to do a lot to try things. He just says, "I don't like it" and the case is closed. I am going to try a black bean burger tomorrow night. Wish me luck!!!
And I will not give up on the protein powder. Will keep trying. Argh.
I am Chrissy Roth, a mom, wife, Physical Therapist, Spin Instructor, and Wellness Coach with a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. I've had a passion for health and nutrition my whole life and have always been drawn towards prevention. Why wait until your fat or sick or both to do something about your health? I'm looking to be the healthiest me NOW and am always sharing what I know. I love a challenge... 2 boys who think they are cavemen and a husband who wants to go veggie but hates beans, tofu, legumes, and most nuts.... I WILL make this happen cause that's how I roll (whole grain of course)...