Ok, I’m not a vegetarian. At all. But I wrote this sample blog for a potential employer, and I thought it would be a terrible waste to just send it in and never share it with you good fellows. So here is it just for the heck of it. (I may have visually embellished it some…)
Put Some Power In Your Diet: An Introduction To Vegetarian Protein
Vegetarianism. It’s not just about animal rights anymore, choosing to exclude meat from ones diet is done for reasons ranging from convicted activism to physical health. Unfortunately, if not done properly, turning your back on a juicy steak can deprive you of some nutrients your body relies on pretty heavily. Finding a replacement for the protein gap left in the absence of chicken and turkey can seem tricky, but it’s essential to maintain your health regardless of your food affiliation.
The CDC website, when referring to the average person’s protein needs, says that, “In general, it’s recommended that 10–35% of your daily calories come from protein.” For vegetarians this means looking a little harder at your choices. Here’s some helpful suggestions to get you started.
Soy. Soy, in all of it’s glorious forms, is a great option when looking for protein sources in your vegetarian or vegan diet. 1 cup of cooked soy beans will give you 29 gm of protein. It’s also a really versatile replacement for both meat and dairy that also lends assistant to your heart, bones, hair, skin and nails.
Another great option to invest in is nuts. 1/4 cup of almonds will provide your body with 8 gm of protein. Don’t like nuts? Me either. So grab some almond flower from your health food store and replace your regular stuff with something that helps you in the long run.
Beans are also a great dietary choice when heading down the veggie path. The protein you can get from these little guys ranges from your basic veggie baked beans at 12 gm per cup, to a cup of cooked lentils at 18 gm for some serious protein power.
Whatever your choice, protein is something not to neglect in your diet (without it we would be slumpy autoimmune messes). However, you would be wise to remember that protein is also a part of your caloric intake.
For more ideas on balancing your vegetarian habit, visit The Vegetarian Resource Group, they seem to have it down pat.
“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.”
― Deepak Chopra