I am deep in the Olympics, watching afternoon coverage and staying up late. I saw a story on an Olympic lifter who was Vegan and jumped from my couch. “I get you!” “Yes you can!” So I understand where Kendrick Farris is coming from- one can eat a meatless diet and still get their protein. By no means am I lifting heavy. The fact that he can weigh around 200lbs. and lift 800lbs. is awesome! There have been many times when I am asked how I get my protein. I’m also asked if I miss the meat. Unlike Farris who has been a Vegan (NO animal products whatsoever), I have been a Vegetarian for 6 years. Now a side note- when I was pregnant and still to this day, I eat salmon MAYBE once a week.
Farris made the switch in 2014 out of his respect for animals. Since then, he has broken a number of records, feeling better all around. He credits this new way of life to help control his mood, feel clear-headed and have more energy. He loves any combination that includes black beans and avocados. I can totally agree with this. I keep an endless supply of black beans in the house and avocados are always a reach away.
So where can you gain this energy from, including protein?
Edamame. Those fun little pods we like to eat at a Japanese steakhouse packs 18g of protein per cup! (Try to choose organic ones because most are genetically modified.)
Lentils. Lentils not only have 9g of protein per 1/2 cup, but are also high in fiber. There are several different colors of lentils that cook and taste a bit different so play around with them.
Black Beans. My favorite! At almost 8g of protein per 1/2 cup and packed with fiber, black beans also have loads of potassium, B6 and folate.
Lima Beans. These are well loved in our house. They have about 7g per 1/2 cup of protein and contain leucine, an amino acid good for the muscles.
Peanut Butter. MMMMgood! I love peanut butter. 2tbs. has 7g of protein. Put it on apple slices for a yummy snack!
Steel Cut Oatmeal. There are 5g of protein per 1/4 cup (dry) of this breakfast favorite.
Avocado. Of course I had to include our go-to snack in this list. It has only 2g of protein in 1/2 of one but is also a ‘good’ fat.
Almonds. Almonds sometimes gets a bad rap but did you know that 1/4 cup has 6g of protein, is a good source of Vitamin E and can help curb sugar cravings?
Chickpeas. I think chickpeas are just as versatile in food dishes as black beans. They have 6g of protein per 1/2 cup. Hummus anyone?
Green vegetables- broccoli and brussels sprouts. Both of these vegetables have 2g of protein per 1/2 cup and can be a side to dish to anything.