2 SURPRISING Sources of Plant Protein…
My husband is endlessly frustrated when I come home with two hundred dollars worth of groceries – and almost no meat!
Don’t get me wrong – I love meat – but I don’t eat that much of it.
When I do eat meat it’s for dinner- when I’m cooking for my family – who frankly doesn’t see a meal as being a ‘meal’ without meat!
You’re probably aware of the meat debate – including the good, the bad, and the just plain misinformed.
One piece of meat misinformation is the notion that you can’t get the protein you need without meat.
Well, that’s just false!
You can get tons of protein from meat.
And you’ll also avoid some of the inhumane treatment, antibiotics, and toxic components found in most grocery store meat, to boot!
Here are some delicious meatless sources of protein you can incorporate into your diet today.
Meatless Protein Option #1: Quinoa
Quinoa is a great source of protein.
It isn’t really a grain, even though people treat it and cook it as though it is.
Quinoa is full of protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids.
It has double the benefits of most other foods that are used in it’s stead.
A short list of quinoa benefits:
- Fiber – known to help your digestive system
- Naturally lowers blood pressure
- Fights high cholesterol
- May decrease hemorrhoids
- Regulates appetite by helping you feel full longer
- Helps regulate sugar in the body – beneficial for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight!
It’s an incredibly good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, in fact, which means it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Quinoa is often referred to as a “superfood” for these reasons.
Meatless Protein Option #2: Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are another great source of protein.
Per weight, they are actually higher in protein than ground beef!
I didn’t know why I was craving pumpkin seeds in my pregnancy (like, every day!) and I now realize that it’s probably because of my body’s need for iron!
That’s right – pumpkin seeds are a plentiful source of zinc and iron.
They help boost immune function and may even combat depression because they contain large amounts of tryptophan.
Your body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, which makes you happier!
Complement Plant Protein with SlimTea
The best way to complement your meat-free protein is with all-natural SlimTea.
This is the perfect companion to a healthy, meatless diet. Its health benefits supplement the healthier choices you are making when you reduce your meat intake, and overall SlimTea helps support a longer and healthier life.