Vegetarians And Protein
I come from a family full of vegetarians, including my mom, sister, brother-in-law, a couple nieces and an aunt. Every family gathering includes both meat and meatless dishes. The usual meatless ops usually include beans, tofu, nuts and quinoa. All excellent sources of protein, but most require some sort of cooking involved. I live alone and am not a huge fan of cooking a meal just for myself, so I end up eating a lot of salads. That, too, is fine but lacking in the protein department. And, even though I am not a vegetarian, I don’t really consume much meat, which led me to look into more about vegetarians and protein.
What are the alternative choices to meat? Do I need a supplement? What’s the daily protein allowance? These are some of the questions we’re going to cover here.
Daily Protein Allowance
Now, to maintain a healthy diet, we need to eat 3 meals per day. Each meal should include protein. Adult women need 46 grams of protein per day. That can, sometimes, be difficult to manage especially with busy schedules and for people like me that don’t like to cook. To read more on nutrition and a healthy food plan, see my section on Nutrition: And Benefits For Women Over 50
Meat Alternative Natural Protein Sources
Below is a list of the most popular meatless protein sources found in vegetarian diets:
- Beans – Beans are an excellent source of both protein and fiber. One cup of cooked beans (or two-thirds of a can) provides about 12 grams of fiber and about 7 grams of protein.
- Tofu – Another excellent source of protein, containing about 20 grams per 8 oz of tofu.
- Quinoa – There’s only about 8 grams of protein per serving size of cooked quinoa, but still, a good source.
- Nuts – Nuts are rich in energy, protein, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, but should be limited to a handful per day.
- Legumes – Legumes are plants that bear their fruit in pods, which are casings with two halves, or hinges. Legumes are low in fat and high in protein and fiber. Protein content varies from each fruit, but comparable to beans. Actually, beans are considered to be in the legume family, along with alfalfa, clover, peas, lentils, and lupins.
Veggies High In Protein
So, What If I Don’t Like To Cook?
As I said, not a fan of cooking a meal just for myself. And, being active and trying to stay healthy, led me on a search for yet another alternative source for protein. That search led me to protein shakes, smoothies and drinks. No cooking involved! I’ve tried several, ranging from bad, to so-so to pretty darn good. I’m going to share with you the one I prefer, and coincidentally, has the most nutritional value.
Let’s Talk About Hemp Force Active
Hemp FORCE Active is a plant based protein supplement loaded with earth grown nutrients designed to optimize an active lifestyle. The yummy chocolate flavor comes from pure cocoa. Yielding 16 grams of plant protein from organic hemp, organic brown rice, and peas, Hemp FORCE Active contains a balanced amino acid profile and both essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) and Omega-9. Lightly sweetened with stevia and monk fruit, this low glycemic, high fiber blend makes crazy delicious smoothies and more.
Nutritional Break Down Per Serving:
- 16G PROTEIN
- 6G FIBER
- 600 MG OMEGA 9
- 1500 MG OMEGA 3
- 4700 MG OMEGA 6
Not to mention these additional benefits:
- NON GMO
- DAIRY FREE
- GLUTEN FREE
- SOY FREE
By drinking one with each meal (like my salad), you’ll get your daily requirement of protein and more! Click below for more info and video on Hemp Force Active
Onnit Hemp Force Active
Protein Designed For Active People.
So, is the big Vegetarian and the Protein Dilemma resolved for you? As we learned, there are lots of meat alternatives to choose from. And, if you’re like me and hate cooking, there’s an ideal, delicious and convenient choice with the Hemp Force Active. I think we discovered that there are lots of healthy choices for vegetarians and protein out there. What’s your favorite meat alternative to protein?
Please leave any questions or comments below and, as always, BE WELL!