This will be my first year practicing Lent, and admittedly, I was 3 days late getting started, simply because I did not know that time had rolled around. What am I giving up? Meat (minus eggs), swearing, and beer. In partnership with my significant other, we should be able to do this. I like to stay fairly active with working out, so my first thought is to make sure I have enough alternate protein around to support my body.
I imagine a top concern for many people when they are considering a transition to vegetarian or vegan is where they will get a good source of protien, especially when they are active individuals. There are many vegetarian high protein sources that are very versatile.
Some of best sources I have found are:
Lentils, 18 grams of protein per cup
Chickpeas, 12 grams/cup
Tempeh, 41 grams per cup
Black beans, 15 grams per cup
Nuts and nut butters
Tofu, 11 grams per 4 ounces
Quinoa, 9 grams per cup
Other legumes, varied
Protein powder, 25 grams per serving
If you are considering a transition from meat to no meat, whether temporary or permanent, make it a staple to add a protien at every meal. Otherwise you will find yourself loading up on carbs and the results will not be good.
A few easy ways to get your protien in at each meal:
- add nuts
- add beans
- snacks with nuts or nut butter
Are you a vegetarian? Please share your tips, suggestions and recipes.
Khyrunnessa Rabbani - I am perfectly imperfect! Passionate believer if you love your body and yourself and the rest will fall into place.