By Daniel Whitehead
03 July, 2015
It's always nice being given the chance to wax lyrical on the benefits of protein, so big thanks to Natural Lifestyle for giving me the chance :-)
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Q: Can you give me any tips on how I can easily include vegetarian protein sources in my everyday diet?
Daniel Whitehead explains:
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or have allergies to other high protein foods such as eggs, milk or soya, it can seem like a challenge getting enough protein in your diet, but really you’re spoiled for choice. Take regular carbs like wheat pasta and rice for example, both of which contain a reasonable amount of protein. Either swap them for buckwheat or quinoa for a complete protein replacement, by which I mean they contain all the essential amino acids, or add beans or lentils to the dish for added lysine, the one essential amino acid missing from both rice and wheat. Nuts (including nut butters), seeds and beans are great little protein powerhouses too. Try adding a few tablespoons of chia seeds to your porridge for 7g of protein, two tablespoons of peanut butter in a stir fry will not only taste amazing but adds 8g protein, then there’s hummus, perfect for dipping into at leisure, or give protein-packed Ezekiel bread a go…great for sandwiches. You could also explore the growing trend for using protein powder in home cooking. An easy way of taking the foods you love and giving them a protein boost; just 20g of organic whey protein with a little extra water added to homemade bread, cake, brownies or sauces (both savoury and sweet), will add around 15g of protein. However you get your protein, it’s important to ensure you’re following a balanced diet with plenty of whole foods, including a wide variety of different fresh fruit and veg.