Some of the top benefits of being a vegetarian include healthy lifestyles and positive environmental impacts. Here at Yogamuni we believe that a vegetarian diet makes us feel our best from the inside out.
If you’re considering becoming a vegetarian, but worry about supplying your body with the right amounts of protein, fear not. This is your guide to plant-based protein sources to help inspire your vegetarian diet.
- Hemp Seed
We all want to improve digestion and balance hormones. That’s where the hemp seed comes in.
Referred to as the “perfect protein” hemp seed not only contains all 20 amino acids, but also each of the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce. If that’s not enough to convince you to scoop a spoonful into your morning smoothie, Hemp seeds are also exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3).
A ¼-cup serving conatins 10 grams of protein.
Low in calories and high in nutrition…sign us up! Lentils are a great staple for a vegetarian diet. 26 percent of lentil’s calories are attributed to protein, and they also contain Folate, also known as folic acid or vitamin B-9. Folate supports nervous system health
and aids in energy metabolism. One cup of cooked lentils supplies nearly 100 percent of the 400-microgram daily requirement of folate for adults.
A cup of lentils contains 18 grams of protein.
A staple for lunches or dinners is quinoa. The gluten-free grain that is high in protein, fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, and iron. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it provides all nine essential amino acids that our bodies need from outside sources. It also provides us with large amounts of flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol. These are potent plant antioxidants with numerous health benefits. And after a big bowl of quinoa, it’s easy to feel those health benefits!
One cup of cooked quinoa contains about 8 grams of protein.
Do we even need to explain what makes eggs so eggcellent? Besides pairing perfectly with breakfast toast, eggs contain proteins, vitamins and minerals with the yolk also containing good cholesterols and essential fatty acids. Eggs have a long history as being a healthy diet staple. In traditional Chinese medicine, eggs are recommended to strengthen the blood and increase energy by enhancing digestive and kidney function. We recommend choosing eggs from free-range or organically raised chickens, as they are more nutrient packed.
One large egg is 6.3 grams of protein.