Protein

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Krista Haynes
Joined: 10/05/2012

As someone who personally follows a plant-based diet, I can attest to the number one most frequently asked question, "How do you get your protein?"  I find it interesting that most people assume meat is the only source of protein.  Lucky for us, protein comes in many other packages! What is your favorite plant-based protein and what is your favorite NutriBlast recipe using this ingredient? 

Spinach Kale and in general greens have a lot of protein, chickpeas, etc. However I personally don't believe in vegetarianism. I am not a big meat person and I avoid red meats and pork, but I definitley love my fish - tilapia, salmon and lean chicken and turkey sparingly. Variety is the spice of life.
I love me some veggies,there my favorite, I will eat chix breast only but very little fish dont like salmond at all. i like soy burgers though... trying to get brave enough to do the tofu,any suggestions, I have this thing about textures. help... i love beans too!
A great Non-GMO Soy product would do the trick for me if I were to go vegetarian. I don't know if I would be able to do it though. I know that Native Foods also has a special type of protein they use for their "meat-based" dishes. Good luck!
I completely understand the aversion to the texture of soy. There are different densities which are each used for different purposes. Silken tofu can be used in NutriBlasts since it lends a silky, smoothie-like texture. If you are looking to grill it or use it in stir fries, then the firm or extra-firm should be used. Tofu takes on the flavor of whatever it is marinated in or cooked with so it makes it very versatile. Don't worry if you can't stand the texture. Another high protein soy option is fermented soy called tempeh. However, if you are avoiding soy, then beans and legumes are excellent plant-based protein sources. Protein powders such as hemp, pea, and brown rice can help boost protein without adding extra carbs or fat.
Have you used tofu in a Blast? I'm still nervous about throwing it in there, but am curious to see how it would taste...
Tofu is tasteless and takes on the flavor of all the other ingredients. The thing that tofu does besides add protein is that it thickens up the NutriBlast into a more pudding like consistency. It is great to add to dessert-like treats.
Krista, What if I can notKrista, What if I can not have any type of soy products???? How else would I get my protein??? My doctor wants me to do a vegetarian lifestyle change for cholesterol issues and I do love pretty much all veggie it's not that big of a deal EXCEPT the concern that we all need protein in our diet daily....please help suggest other ideas. Thank you Cathy
thecatdp wrote: Krista, What if I can not have any type of soy products???? How else would I get my protein??? My doctor wants me to do a vegetarian lifestyle change for cholesterol issues and I do love pretty much all veggie it's not that big of a deal EXCEPT the concern that we all need protein in our diet daily....please help suggest other ideas. Thank you Cathy
You don't have to eat soy to get enough protein and actually I don't eat it either. What a lot of people don't realize is we don't require as much protein as we think. About 15% of your calories should come from protein (or about 0.8-1g/kg body weight). Needs may vary depending on other health issues, but in general, this is a good goal. For vegetarian protein sources I reach for... Beans/legumes – garbanzo, cannellini, black, kidney, lentils, peas, peanuts (yes these are actually legumes, not nuts) Nuts – walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews Nut butter – almond, cashew, walnut, pecan, peanut Seeds – pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax, hemp, sunflower Grains - quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, oats Veggies! By eating a variety of these foods, you will get all the essential amino acids your body needs. Check out this article here for more insight: http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/fill-er-protein