Here’s a nice little picture of my daily used supplements at home.
Talking about supplements, I have always had that in my home. Mainly because I think supplements could be a pretty good thing, supplying to your daily diet, not as a substitute. With this said, even though I was eating meat before, I still used to take these supplements, except for the nutritional yeast. That include protein powder, BCAA, super food (greens and reds) and some vitamins, minerals and Omega-3.
The tall one to the left, is my awesome nutritional yeast, that I bought at a health store in Hobro, Denmark. You can pretty much get it in all health stores, or online. Nutritional yeast is a member of the fungi family, like mushrooms, but the yeast is deactivated, so it’s not growing like the baking yeast. Nutritional yeast sound really turn of, so some people call it “nooch”. It contains B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc and protein. It’s low in fat, gluten free (check the certification), and contains no added sugars or preservatives. As I mentioned before, it has a cheesy flavour, and I pretty much use it in almost everything I eat.
PROTEIN POWDER AND BCAA:
My protein powder and BCAA, is vegan and from Bodylab. I am pretty happy with the brand, as I love the taste, and their high protein quality. Some of you might think protein supplements are stupid, and we don’t need it, and that most of the time true if you eat a “normal” diet with meat, or a “normal diet” as a vegan. Some of you might say “of course you need protein powder because you’re vegan”. Well, I actually don’t. Since I got the protein powder a month ago, I have only used the protein powder 3 times. Even though I ate meat, a couple of years ago, I still used protein powder once in a while, simply because I think it is convenient for some people, like my self, that struggle to eat anything after a workout or in the mornings, then the extra proteins blended in a shake might be quite handy! BCAA might be beneficial for the more trained athlete, and is also something I appreciate and have done for several years as a active powerlifter and handball player.
As vegans, I dare to say we might get more of certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than others. Maybe, maybe not. However, for ages, I have been using the popular super foods powders containing spirulina, chlorella, other greens, red berries, strong antioxidants, etc. They are a pure bomb of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! It is worth supplementing your daily diet with these ones. Just because it is awesome! Hmm, I should make an own blogpost about it.. Anyway.. They can pretty much be bought everywhere, mine are from Esanté. Use it in a smoothie or pour it in a glass of water.
Sometimes I do take some extra supplements, mainly because I know the importance of the different ones. Such as D-vitamin and magnesium. Before I went vegetarian/vegan, I used to take fish oil as well. Now that I am eating a lot of flaxseeds/oil and chia seeds, I don’t take fish oil anymore. There are loads of studies explaining why especially these 3 are important, but also other studies on other vitamins and minerals as well. I have chosen to focus on these two as supplements and are pretty happy with that. And whether you eat meat or not, you may consider adding them to your diet (especially Vitamin D if you’re from a dark and cold country such as the nordic countries lol). I am not going to talk about vitamin and minerals more than this, maybe in another blog post..