I’m continuing this month on the topic of protein, one of the magical macronutrients that your body needs protein for growth, repair, & maintenance of body tissues — muscles, blood, bones & hormones, including immune system function, energy production when blood sugar is low, metabolic & digestive enzymes, and hair, skin, nails, collagen, & elastin production.
Last blog post, I spoke about complete protein and how to get it by consuming grass-fed, pasture raised, and wild-caught animals and fish. But as we all know, not everyone eats meat or fish.
Luckily, starchy and non-starchy vegetables also offer protein. The tricky part is that the majority aren’t complete proteins because they don’t contain the full amino acid profile. Not to fret, there are combinations to make them become complete proteins.
These must be properly combined to be complete …
beans with grains
beans with nuts or seeds
milk products with grains
Beans/Legumes + Grain Ideas …
garbanzo beans or black beans + quinoa
garbanzo beans + tahini = hummus
kidney beans in salad, sprinkled with sunflower seeds
pinto or black beans with + rice
lentils + rice
Nuts & Seeds + Grains or Beans/Legumes
cooked gf oats with walnuts, sprinkled with chia or ground flax
brown rice with black sesame seeds or shaved almonds
basil pesto with pine nuts OR cilantro pesto with pumpkins seeds over brown rice, brown rice pasta or tempeh
hemp seeds + gf grains and/beans
Healthy tip: You can eat them separately within a 36 hour period for them to still work in the body as complete protein.
Who says that you can ‘t find a vegetable that isn’t a complete protein?
Microalgae like chlorella & spirulina are highly absorbable, high in protein, beta-carotene, EFA’s & minerals. Refreshing & vital!
Bee pollen gives you energy, is a nutritive tonic, builds blood, decreases allergies
Nutritional yeast is full of fiber, B vitamins & chromium. Stimulates metabolism. No more than 2 tbsp. a day.
Check out those three superfood boosters that you should add to your repertoire now…