Plants have protein!
Protein is essential to life and every healthy diet. If you are Vegan, Vegetarian, or just looking for other sources of protein in your diet besides Meat and Animal products, here are a few things you can chew on….
Micro-algae –Spirulina, Chorella and wild blue-green micro-algae are the richest whole-food sources of protein. These can be found in powdered or pill form and are often on of the ingredient added to green protein drinks.
Hemp Protein– If raw, unprocessed and in a natural state, hemp protein contains about 50% protein, and is less acid forming than common soy or whey protein. Hemp seeds, hearts, or powder can be added to a smoothie or to your favorite breakfast cereal.
Quinoa –Highest protein content of all grains, more calcium than milk, and a great source of iron, phosphorus, B vitamins & Vitamin E. Can be eaten for breakfast (with coconut milk!) used in salads, soups, stir-fry, or used as a flour for baking.
Nuts & Seeds– Almonds, flaxseed, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, cashews, brazil nuts, and walnuts. These all offer valuable concentrated protein & fat. Eat in small amounts. Add these to your oatmeal, salad, or have a snack of mixed.
Legumes – Black beans, lentils, green peas, lima beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc – very rich in starch and protein. If using dried legumes, they will become more digestible when prepared with mineral rich sea vegetables, and must be chewed well. (Soak legumes for 12 hours. When cooking, place kombu or kelp seaweed in bottom of the pot. Use 1 part seaweed to 6 parts legumes. Also cook legumes with fennel or cumin to help prevent gas.
Depending of the diet direction you choose, grams of protein per day can vary.
Building Diet: 25-30% Protein
Balancing Diet: 15-20% Protein
Cleansing Diet: 10-20% Protein
A great way to determine how much protein you need:
Divide your body weight in pounds by 2.2 (this number will give you your weight in kilograms), then multiply that number by .8. For example, a woman who weighs 135 lbs. will require 49 grams of protein per day. A person who weighs 150 lbs. will require 56 grams of protein per day.
(This will vary according to activity level and state of health.) Don’t forget your green leafy vegetables! Green vegetables benefit the liver where the protein metabolic processes take place. Vitamin A, or the carotene (provitamin A) from which the body synthesizes it, is essential for the correct use of protein by the body. Provitamin A can be found in concentrated levels in spirulina, kale, parsley, watercress, turnip, collard, beets, mustard, and dandelion.
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