Eat Happy – Macronutrients

Macronutrients

Macronutrients are the 3 essential food groups that the human body needs in order to function properly. Every meal should include a combination of all 3 in the correct ratio according to the calorie needs of the individual. The purpose of these macronutrients are to provide energy, promote growth and development and regulate body functions. Here are the best vegan food sources of each.

Protein Foods:  Tofu,  Legumes, Almond or Soy Milk, Vegan Cheese, Soy Yoghurt, Nuts, Tempeh, Beans, Soy Milk, Soybeans, Linseeds, Seeds.

Protein is essential for the repair and growth of muscle tissues. Without protein, your organs, hair, nails, immune system and every other part of your body would not survive.

Carbohydrate Foods: Pasta, Rice, Sweet Potato, White Potato, Fruit, Legumes, Noodles, Couscous, Wholegrain or Rye Bread, Cereals, Oats, Muesli, Vegetables, Gluten Free Pastas/Breads/Cereals, Pizza Bases.

Carbohydrate breaks down into glucose during digestion and raises blood glucose levels. It is the best source of energy for muscles during high intensity exercise.

Fat Foods: Avocado, Olive Oil, Nuts and Seeds, Tofu, Tahini, Hommus, Peanut Butter, Tempeh, Coconut Oil.

Fat is needed daily to help you think (brain function), keep your hair and skin looking healthy, to help weight loss, and provide energy.