And I'm not some high on the mountain vegan preaching to end the eating of animals. I've eaten meat. A lot of it. I even went Paleo for a month before I decided I felt like crap. I'm doing this plant adventure for myself to see if I become a better and healthier person, not to convince anyone else to give meat up. I think ethically, the meat industry as a whole is beyond F'ed up, but there are a lot of grass fed and wild caught game that are probably pretty good for you in moderation.
So where DO I get my protein?
Yes, I know. Your food eats my food. I've heard that one a few times... But we're mammals. There's tons of mammals that eat only plants. Where do they get their protein? Yep, from plants!
• 1 avocado - 10 grams
• 1 cup broccoli - 5 grams
• 1 cup spinach - 5 grams
• 2 cups cooked kale - 5 grams
• 1 cup boiled peas - 9 grams
• 1 cup cooked sweet potato - 5 grams
• 1 cup soybeans - 28 grams
• 1 cup lentils - 18 grams
• 1 cup refried beans - 15.5 grams
• 1 cup garbanzo beans (and hummus) - 14.5
• 1 cup pinto, kidney, black beans - 13-15 grams
• 1 oz peanuts - 6.5 grams
• 1 oz. cashews - 4.4 grams
• 1 oz. sesame seeds 6.5 grams, 3 tablespoons of tahini - 8 grams
• 1/4 cup (2 oz.) walnuts - 5 grams
• 1 oz. pistachios - 5.8 grams
• 2 tbsp almonds - 4 grams
• Nut butters - peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter - 2 tablespoons has about 8 grams of protein
*Soy, almond, ancient grain. 1 cup gets you 7-9 grams of protein.
• Quinoa is versatile and delicious. 1 cup - 9 grams.
• Amaranth, bulgur, brown rice, wheat germ, oat bran are other grains with a high protein content.
• Oatmeal - 1 cup = 6 grams.
• Sprouted grain bread products - buns, tortillas, bread. Pack a sandwich or a wrap and you'll get 7-10 grams from the bread alone.
*spirulina and chlorella are used often by vegetarians and vegans for their rich nutrient content, and protein content.
*Hemp - 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie gives you 11 grams of protein.
Or ask Scott Jurek (ultra-marathoner), Mac Danzig (UFC Fighter), Carl Lewis (Olympic Athlete of the Century), or check out this site for a list of top level athletes competing while eating only plants: www.greatveganathletes.com Apparently, they all get enough protein and they get it from plants.
So now you know, and knowing is half the battle. Time for a run!
|Courtesy of G.I. Joe|