As a vegetarian, the one thing I hear more than anything else is “but you need protein” or some variation. (Note: A very close second is “oh I thought about being vegetarian could never give up bacon.”) So when Lisa suggested we do a collaboration, I asked her if she would mind writing about protein for vegetarians because, well, we get plenty! If you miss me, I’m guest posting over at TSOH with some tips for sticking to your fitness routine. Now take it away Lisa!
Hey BusyBod readers! I’m so happy to be posting on behalf of Kim today and sharing some nutrition advice with all of you!
So, proteins are a totally essential part of the diet. Once digested, proteins break down into amino acids and promote cell growth, repair, and basic functioning. They are essentially the building blocks of life. The added bonus is that they even take longer to digest than carbohydrates, meaning they keep you fuller longer on fewer calories (which is important for anyone trying to lose weight!).
A lot of people think that being a vegetarian means stress over getting enough protein. Truth is, that’s totally not a concern! Our diet should consist of around 10-20% protein, but most great sources of protein are not from meat and animal products! Actually, although meat, eggs, and dairy are all good sources of protein, they are also high in saturated fats and cholesterol. Vegetarian and vegan proteins options are actually better for your health and more efficient sources of protein than animal products!
Here are 15 great sources of protein for vegans and vegetarians:
- Leafy Greens
- Chia Seeds
- Almond milk
- Sprouted Grain Bread
- Brown Rice
- Green Peas
Hopefully those options will give you veggie lovers something good and nutritious to eat tonight!
Can you think of any great sources of protein I missed? Do any of you have a great recipe with these protein-rich ingreds?
Thanks for having me Kim!