Being vegetarian has its challenges, one of the biggest and most difficult can come from something so simple and small: getting enough protein. Supporting animal rights, feeling good about our choices and being part of a huge community are many reasons people choose this lifestyle. Sadly, many of us forget one of the most important parts of compassion is to maintain our own health, especially when it comes to getting enough protein. Those who eat meat rarely have to give this a second thought, but if you are a vegetarian this is an important ingredient not to be skipped.
Protein is crucial for the repair and rebuilding of muscle tissue, production on enzymes, hormones, and regulates our bodily processes. Vegetarians should aim for 20-40 grams of plant-based protein per day. Though this sounds like a lot, a few simple additions to your diet, with just a little bit of knowledge and a dash of stick-to-itiveness can help you maintain health and balance in your body.
The internet is a great place to research this information, as well as countless books on natural nutrition. Here’s a quick list of veggie friendly protein sources which can be easily added to your diet:
* Hemp: seeds, milk, and nut butter
* Cacao: beans and powder
* Soy: tofu, tempeh, soy milk
* Nuts: walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, almonds, and so on…
* Seeds: sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, and many more…
* Grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, bulgar, cous cous
* All natural protein powders: Tru-Food Vegan Supplement and Hemp Protein Powders
Getting enough protein shouldn’t be a difficult task. Paying attention to our eating habits and making good food choices can help improve your health, happiness, and longevity. Yay for vegetarian protein!
Check out Dr. Andrew Weil’s awesome blog for more detailed information!