Vegetarianism & protein intake for hair growth

Hey guys Are there any vegetarians and/or vegans here? I need some suggestions on what kinds of things to eat in order to get enough protein in a vegetarian diet...I already buy full-fat milk, I eat eggs, tofu and quinoa as often as possible and I snack on fruit & nut mix, but they get pretty dull after a while :/

Also, any new ways in which to cook quinoa and tofu (and other alternatives) would be great too <3 Here's a couple of my favourite recipes to get us started...

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1...d-quinoa-salad

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4...cumber-noodles
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I take it you should be fine as long as you eat a varied diet. I've been vegan since November 2007 and my hair hasn't been falling out, so I wouldn't worry too much about getting enough protein as long as you eat a lot and a wide variety of food.

If you're big on cooking, you might want to pick up Vegan with a Vengeance or Veganomicon to try some kind of out-of-the-ordinary recipes. I know they're vegan cookbooks, but it's hard for me to recommend any exceptionally good vegetarian cookbook since I was vegtarian for just a short amount of time.

One tofu recipe I love though, is fried tofu.
1. Cut it into triangles and dry them.
2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet, enough that it more than covers the bottom.
3. Add the tofu triangles and let them fry, flipping every few minutes until both sides are golden brown.
4. Put the cooked tofu triangles into a strainer and pour hot/boiling water over them (this flushes out the oil so that you can flavor the tofu).
5. You can marinate the tofu in something, I usually let it soak in a soy sauce mixture while I stir-fry vegetables in the leftover oil.

You can also dry-fry tofu and not need the hot water bath, but it takes a little longer. Just use a rubber spatula to press the tofu triangles against a hot (medium-high at the most) non-stick skillet until they shrink to about 1/3 thickness and are golden brown and chewy, but not tough. You'll want to flip these regularly as well.
I'm a vegetarian and I've had no protein problems (iron, hmm...). I don't eat tofu or other foods that you would find in a natural foods store much mostly because I live in a rural area, but I get along fine on milk, peanut butter, and refried beans. I also eat eggs and cheese sometimes.
I'm a vegetarian and my protein intake is fine, but I eat Quorn 'meat' so that might be why i have enough :P :P
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The main protein source you aren't listing is beans. They should be pretty much at the top of the list for vegetarians.
The main protein source you aren't listing is beans. They should be pretty much at the top of the list for vegetarians.
Originally Posted by Saria
How could I forget beans ???
Yum, I Love beans and Lentils
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The main protein source you aren't listing is beans. They should be pretty much at the top of the list for vegetarians.
Originally Posted by Saria
That is what I was going to suggest! Nuts and seeds too!
Here is a link that might help you get added protine to your diet! http://www.womenfitness.net/protien-option.htm
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The main protein source you aren't listing is beans. They should be pretty much at the top of the list for vegetarians.
Originally Posted by Saria
Mmmmmm, I love beans.
I actually had a really yummy pasta thingie I threw together for lunch yesterday with tons of beans.....soooo good!

I've been veggie for 5 or so years and I'm fine--my hair and nails grow like there's no tomorrow and both are very strong. The big thing is to eat a varied diet and make sure you get lots of fruits and vegetables in. My doctor makes all of her vegetarian patients go to a dietitian (which is STUPID. I know what to eat thankyouverymuch.) and she said that as long as you're eating a varied diet you're probably doing okay. Broccoli has a fair amount of protein, as does all beans, peas, chickpeas, eggs, etc. You can also look for high-protein granola or cereals. Actually, granola is quite easy to make.....and you can make it to suit your tastes that way.

Anyways, good luck! I wish you the best!
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