What is the best source of non-animal protein I can add to my diet, not including supplements like protein powder?
If you eat a variety of vegetables, grains, and legumes, you probably don't have to worry about getting enough protein. Your body makes what it needs, and the quality of that protein is superior to animal proteins.
Thank you for your feedback. We do eat a lot of quinoa. I suppose that would qualify!
Quinoa, millet, amaranth and buckwheat are all high in protein. I put in some recipe links in one of my Body Ecology hubs. You can find plenty of recipes on sites like allrecipes.
Thanks, I'll take a peek at your Body Ecology hubs. Amaranth and quinoa are both common in the Andes, although I tend to use quinoa more often.
Could you please direct me to your Body Ecology hub?
If you consider eggs non-animal, then it would be your best protein source. In fact, I believe eggs to be a better protein source than meat.
However, if you want to avoid animal products (of which eggs are), then beans is a great protein source.
I think I mentioned somewhere here that I've been sprouting beans and they are a wonderful source of protein, plus they just taste so refreshing. Uses: salads, stir fries, ground up in bread, as a simple snack, marinated in lots of dishes but especially tossed with other veggies and slightly steamed. It takes some time and attention to do it without them turning sour, but it is well worth it. And did I mention how inexpensive they are when you sprout them yourself?
Peanuts. Peanut butter is said to be one of the things recommended for those who can't eat meat, but need protein - which everyone needs.
And peanut butter is delicious! Good suggestion, and easy to keep on hand for whenever hunger strikes.
I was a very small skinny child and my mom was conscerned because I didn't eat much especially meat.
The doctor says, of course, Peanut Butter.
I of course ate lots of peanut butter as a kid.
So yes that is a good suggestion.
I'd also say,
nuts of almost any kind,
I don't know if you do dairy or not, but cottage cheese is a great source of protein and is delicious paired with some fruit. Black-eyed peas also have high protein content. I make Ezekiel bread, which has beans and grain and counts as a complete protein. It is delicious! The Ezekiel bread that you can buy in the store is like cardboard though.
The Ezekiel bread gets my attention. Do you have a recipe for it? I'd definitely be interested.
Here are some suggestions here:
Chlorella has more protein than beef and more calcium than milk. packed with vit.A, B1-B12, E, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium,selenium, amino acids and cardio systems. It tones and detoxifies the immune system, liver,kidneys, blood,digestive system and more. Removes chemical toxins from the body, including chemo therapy. Curbs the appetite, useful in weight loss. If that's not enough, try Spirulina.High quality protein content, high vegetable iron amd magnesium content ,the unsaturated, essential fatty acids, a rich source of chlorophyll, and an abundant supply of growth elements for new cellular life RNA and DNA as well as a reliable vegetable source of vit. A,B1,B2,Niacin, and B12 makes this a very valuable plant to properly nourish ourselves. It also protects against radiation and helps us rid ourselves of it. Both are water plants known as algae best taken in a herbal extracts.
Wow, these are very interesting suggestions. Thank you. I'll have to find out if they are available here. If not, I could feasibly import them someday.
Dairy products, you have got to be joking? Cheese is from an animal source.
mistyhorizon2003, nuts are a great idea. I do eat plenty of almonds and almond milk.
Tofu is great - though it's better when it's freshly made. As a veggie, I would be lost without it! It doesn't taste of much, but with soy sauce it's terrific. You can just stir-fry it with noodles and veg for a great quick meal - under 5mins.
Good suggestion. I used to eat it all the time, but it's not available in my neck of the woods. Maybe I'll have to learn to make it!
Tofu is my best protein substitute - tofu soup, fried tofu, steamed tofu , baked tofu and many more.
It's not about the rennet, it's about what the animal was fed. Organic dairies are not allowed to feed their cows with gains grown with pesticides. They can't use antibiotics or growth hormones. The thought behind not using animal or animal products is based on those facts, I don't eat meat because it is extremely difficult to find truly clean meat, plus the digestion and acid problems .
Garbanzo beans, aka chickpeas, humus, ceci, Egyptian pea, gram kichererbse, and revithia, are high in protein and they can be used in a surprisingly wide variety of recipes.
Hi vespawoolf, like RTalloni, I would most recommend chick peas / garbanzo beans for a non-animal protein source.
Spirulina has the highest natural content of protein in the plant world. It is about 65% to 71% protein. Another great source is hemp, which also contains omega 3-6-9 and branch chain amino acids. Granted it is a powder, but you can't get a better source of protein and since it doesn't need to be cooked, when you consume it, you get ALL of the protein. When you cook veggies and meat, the majority of the proteins are destroyed.
A great book you may want to look into is Superfoods by David Wolfe. He describes the top 10 superfoods, plus some honorable mentions. It's an excellent read.
This is great information. I'll look for that book on Amazon. I'm not sure if hemp or spirulina is available in Peru, but I'll look into it. Since it's a coastal country I'm sure at least the spirulina can be found. Thank you!
You're quite welcome. I'm sure you can order it online if you can't find it in Peru, although I'll warn you it is a bit pricey. Hemp you can get from Nutiva. Their hemp and all other products are grown 100% organically and it's not as pricey as spirulina. It contains slightly less protein, but is just as easily abosrbed.
Wolfe has information on ordering spirulina and other superfoods on his personal website, davidwolfe.com.
While you are out getting books, try Taking Every Bite Seriously by LaKeta McCauley.
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