When people find out that I do not eat meat, their first question is ALWAYS "But where do you get your protein?". We all know that protein is important, but do we know why?
Protein helps keep our energy up, our blood sugar stable, and is the building block of our cells and tissues. Important stuff! However, it is debatable how much our bodies actually require. We certainly do not need to be dumping protein powder into every drink and adding chicken to every single dish we eat!
Protein is actually in WAY more foods than we think, it's all around us! If you choose animal based sources, you can find protein in meat, chicken, and fish - of course. Protein is also in whole grains such as quinoa and oats. Beans, soy (tofu and tempeh) are versatile components of many main dishes that are good sources and can be easily incorporated into everyday life. Protein exists in varying degrees in veggies such as broccoli, spinach, kale, collard greens, bok choy, romaine lettuce, and watercress.
My go-to high protein meal (when I need more energy, feel like I haven't gotten enough in that day, or just crave this easy and yummy dish!) - is 2 eggs (preferably pasture raised) scrambled, steamed broccoli and spinach, and sprouted grain toast. Balanced, easy, and contains ingredients you most likely already have in the kitchen!
Share with me your protein-related questions, or your favorite sources!