Thursday, 23 February 2017

VEGAN SOURCES OF PROTEIN IN NIGERIA

Where do you get your protein from?

I don't hate that question as much as I used to. Now I just launch into a well-rehearsed list of protein-rich foods and call it a day. Only takes a second.

I got an email from a reader based in Nigeria recently. The main concern was - you guessed it - what to eat to get enough protein. It got me thinking that a post on the topic was about due and would probably come in handy for others with the same query.

In no particular order, here's a list of plant-based foods that are high in protein and can be found easily across Nigeria. I've also included a list of suggested recipes where possible, just in case you're interested in bringing these ingredients to life. This is by no means an exhaustive list and I imagine that I will have to keep revisiting this post and adding to the list as other foods come to mind. If you think I've missed any, feel free to leave a comment down below.

1. Beans - brown beans, black-eyed beans, soybeans...

Suggested recipes: adalu, beans and rice, moin moin, akara, ewa (bean porridge)



















2. Nuts - groundnut, cashew nut, peanut butter, nut milks...

Suggested recipes: boli and groundnut, truffles, chocolate/peanut muffins, soaked garri and groundnut



















3. Leafy greens - spinach (efo tete), bitter leaf (ewuro), water leaf (gbure), afang, ugu...

Suggested recipes: bitterleaf soup, efo riro and pounded yam, green smoothie

















4. Egusi (melon seeds)

Suggested recipes: egusi soup



















5. Wara (Tofu) 

Suggested recipes: sauced tofu and plantain, yam and scrambled tofu



6. Oatmeal

Suggested recipes: porridge, banana/oat pancakes, oaty breakfast bars



















7. Maize/Corn

8. Pigeon Pea

9. Guava

10. Millet

11. Green peas

3 comments:

  1. Why would anyone assume vegans do not eat protein? well I guess it is safe to ask when one does not know.

    In the last one week, bean and plantain has been my meal of choice and some days I just don't miss meat as much.

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    1. It really is beyond me!!!

      Two of my favourites.

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  2. I went to Nigeria for the first time i November and when I would tell them no meat. I was often asked no protein. LOOOL

    I love boli and beans!

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