Now, you’ve probably heard the hype around protein. If not, where have you been? Believe it or not, protein isn’t just for die hard gym-goers. It’s an essential nutrient that should be consumed by us all, regardless of how we choose to get our fix. Not only does it support muscle recovery and growth but it’s essential for the body’s optimal development.

So, if you cut key sources of protein from your diet, such as meat, fish and eggs, how can you make sure you’re still supporting your body’s recovery?

“When you don’t eat meat or animal-based foods, acquiring protein may be difficult,” said Team vegandietfood.com. “Vegans should utilize supplements and up their intake of plant based protein sources to meet their daily dietary requirements.”

Micro nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12 are all found in meat, fish and other animal-derived products. Don’t worry though, vegans needn’t miss out. These essential nutrients can also be consumed in tablet or powder form, making them accessible to all. If you’re thinking about making the change, be sure to include vegan protein supplements in your diet.