How vegans get their protein during the holidays

December 20, 2017

There are few things more disappointing than attending a dinner party and knowing that you will be stuck eating bread rolls and bland lettuce for your meal. Family dinners and office potlucks might be scarce on vegan options, but fear not! Here’s how to make sure you or your loved one still gets a healthy portion of plant based protein in a world of sides.

Snack Attack

If you are heading to someone else’s home for dinner or staying with non-vegan family members, it is a wise idea to plan to get your protein in elsewhere. Smart snacking can really save the day in situations like this! But make sure you are eating clean protein (all the time, not just for snacks!). Always read your labels. Keep a few Orgain protein bars handy for emergency snacking if you get in a pinch.

If you are about to head out the door and need a protein power-up, make a mug of protein-packed Golden Almond Latte or grab a holiday-flavored protein bite for the road.

To Start

Kick off the meal with Supergreens Hummus or Superfoods Beet Hummus. The chickpeas in hummus provide a good protein boost and this recipe is made even more super with Orgain’s Superfoods Powder. Serve with vegetables, pita bread, or gluten-free crackers for a bountiful and nourishing appetizer. (We won’t judge if you make it your meal – it’s that tasty!)

Main Course

Our Curried Carrot Cleansing Soup is a fantastic recipe for a mixed crowd of vegans and non-vegans. Featuring high protein and high fiber ingredients, like lentils and Orgain Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, this soup is a surefire way to get your protein-quota for holiday meals.

Our Protein Butternut Squash Bisque can be made vegan by swapping the chicken stock for vegetable broth. The squash bisque is creamy, hearty, and a delicious way to enjoy your vegan protein this holiday season.

Twice-Baked Protein Sweet Potatoes are perfect for a more adventurous crowd. Simply omit the goat cheese to make them vegan, or serve with goat cheese on the side for choice flexibility. Pair with a salad for a flavorful protein option that both vegans and omnivores will love.

Best For Last (Dessert)

PB Popcorn Balls are a great option for gatherings with friends and families of all ages. These treats can be made vegan by substituting the honey for maple syrup or agave nectar. If making ahead of time, store individually in plastic wrap.

The best part about chocolate is that many non-vegans don’t even miss the dairy. If you are dining with a more fickle crowd, consider Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies or Chocolate Almond Butter Cups. No one will ever be the wiser!

If you are team #PumpkinSpice, Healthy Pumpkin Date Fudge is the perfect dessert for you! Featuring Orgain’s Pumpkin Spice protein powder, this fudge is flavorful and decadent. The fudge can be made a day or two ahead of time for ease of planning. Plus, it has a ton of protein!

Eating vegan during the holidays does not have to be bland or underwhelming. Getting enough vegan protein is not impossible with a bit of creativity. And many a holiday house guest has been known to show up with their own tub of plant-based protein powder.

What are your go-to vegan protein recipes for the holiday season? Share them with us by tagging @drinkorgain on Instagram or Pinterest!

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