You don’t need to eat meat, dairy or eggs to get your daily dose of protein. Animal-based protein is full of cholesterol and saturated fats that clogs the arteries, causing heart disease and other ailments. Plant-based protein is full of the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. It will also satiate your hunger for a longer period of time because, aside from the protein which takes longer to breakdown, fiber also takes a long time to digest.
Amino acids that are found in protein are the building blocks of life, and fortunately, many plant-based foods contain these essential amino acids. Grains, quinoa, buckwheat, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, and different kinds of beans like edamame, broad, white and kidney beans are all sources of amino acids.
In London, you will find great vegetarian and vegan shops that sell organic produce and naturally dried seeds, nuts and beans to satisfy your protein cravings. Here are some shops and markets that will surely hit the vegetarian protein spot.
Fulham’s North End Road Market
In the tradition of independent retailers, and “Mom and Pop” stores, vegetarian and vegan specialty food stores are the star of Fulham’s North End Road market. At this market you can find Picky Wops Shop, where they specialize in alternative pizza doughs made from turmeric, multigrain, spirulina and hemp. North End Road is also the home of 222 Veggie Vegan, a vegan institution in London. They create sumptuous vegan and vegetarian feasts that are both delicious and healthy without additives, deep frying or microwaves. Sample their vegetarian protein by trying their Vegan roast and Chef Ben’s Specialty stir-fried veggies.
Broadway Vegan Market in South Hackney
Broadway Vegan Market is the first weekly vegan market in London. Broadway Vegan Market hosts over 30 of London’s best vegan specialty stalls. Here, you will find Spice Box, Club Mexicana and Young Vegan’s for your savory and spicy cravings. The Dough Society, Vegan Slice and Sourdough Mess provide sweets and breads. You will also find vegan beer, wine, spirits and other beverages, such as coffee stalls. There is also a vegan meat-free shop offering burgers, sausages and bacon for your vegetarian protein fix.
Holland and Barrett
Holland and Barrett is the premier health and wellness retail store that provides customers a wide selection of vegetarian food, health supplements and natural beauty products. They have been in the UK for nearly 150 years and can be found in all major cities and towns, including London. Get your protein fix and other vegetarian food essentials in a Holland and Barrett near you. They have more than 20 store locations in and around the London area.
Find all the vegetarian protein you could ever want at these markets and specialty food stores in London. The vegan and vegetarian revolution has started and is becoming stronger than ever. None of these foods taste like cardboard. You get only the full fresh flavors of vegetables, fruits and nuts.