Alternative High Protein Foods

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Plant Based Whole Food (PBWF), that's the diet that currently works best for me. Basically, it means the majority of food you eat at every meal comes from the ground, unprocessed.  It may not be the diet for everyone, but I feel good eating this way combined with a Gluten Free Diet.  One thing to realize while eating PBWF is that you really have to pay attention to getting enough protein.  Meat has never been a big part of my diet, or something I crave, so making sure I am getting the protein my body needs for normal functioning is something I am always working on.

High protein diets, especially from animal sources, are harmful to our health.  They disturb the body's acid/alkaline balance (leading to inflammation and disease), cause stress to the liver and kidneys, and can negatively impact bone, digestive and cardiovascular health. There is also something to be said of the large environmental impact from rasining animals for food vs. plants.  SO, how do we get the protein our bodies need, in a healthy way?

 

Research shows that a Plant Based Whole Food diet can easily offer more than enough quality protein.  Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are excellent at contributing to and meeting our daily protein needs -- and plants offer high quality protein.

 

Alternative High Protein Foods:

Beans (preferably not canned)

Lentils (preferably not canned)

Nuts (raw, not roasted/salted)

Peas

Seeds (especially hemp & chia seeds)

Hemp foods (seeds or powder form)

Hummus or Bean Spreads

Nut or Seed Butters

Nutritional Yeast

Organic Tempeh

Organic Tofu

Superfoods: Spirulina, Chlorella, Bee Pollen, & Raw Cacao

A new food I'm experimenting with from the list is tempeh (tempeh tacos pictured above), which is a fermented soy product - easier to digest than beans or tofu.  Blog post to follow on that!  In the meantime, I hope you try something new, like a plant based protein :)