Since today is Tuesday and I am not quite back to cooking regular dinners yet, I thought instead of a Last Nights Dinner Post I could talked a little about being a vegetarian. I have gotten a couple questions lately on my formspring about being a vegetarian and healthy eating and thought I could answer them in a little more detail here.
I have been a vegetarian for quite sometime now and I really can’t imagine ever not being one. I hate in our culture it is assumed by most people that being a vegetarian automatically means you are not getting enough protein. Sure if you are lazy and only eat pasta maybe you aren’t, but there are so many alternatives out there that easily fill your protein quota. My sister is a vegan and she has been a great example to me for getting creative and eating nutrional meals. I am not one for diets. I am much more into a healthy and balanced life style. I think that is something that sticks with you long after you get tired of your diet. Here are some excellent sources of protein for a vegetarian…
1. Beans. There are so many out there! I am a big fan of chicpeas. They go with so much stuff, not to mention how tastey is hummus? Plus Black beans! I could eat mexican food every night of the week!
2. Dairy Products. I will say I don’t eat a lot of dairy products. I am a little more half way between Vegetarian and Vegan, but it is a great source of protein. I do like cheese. I don’t think I could give that up. Plus greek yogurt saved me during pregnancy when I need extra protein to grow a baby. One of those yogurts are like 13grams of protein.
3. Nuts. Next time you make a stir fry add some peanuts/cashews or pine nuts to the dish. Almonds make a great afternoon snack.
4. Soy. There are lots of soy products out there and its easy to think this is the only source for protein, but it’s a lot healthier if you use it as part and not all of the protein in your diet.
5. Whole Grains. Try eating wheat pasta or a multigrain pasta. Look for cerals that are high in protein for breakfast. Eating whole grains is an easy switch in your diet to add some protein.
6. Fruits & Vegetables. EAT YOUR GREENS!! Kale is so freaking good! eat veggies like kale, collared greens and broccoli. Fruits are excellent for when you are craving something sweet. When you want ice cream try a homemade fruit smoothie instead. Mmm they are so good.
There are other sources out there but these are the main ones that make up my diet.
Lets look back at some of my favorite Last Night Dinner Posts that were good well balanced, high protein meals.
Homemade Black Bean Burgers
1. Acorn Squash stuffed with Cranberry and Pecan Multi grain Stuffing
2. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
3. Sweet Potato and Kale Burritos
4. Jenâ€™s Crazy Awesome Protien Packed Marathon Soup