Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Are you full of beans?

Last week, we looked at the health (and environmental) benefits of cutting out meat and dairy for just one day per week. The facts are pretty astonishing. 

But if you do decide to give them up and have a Meatless Monday or a meatless any-other-day, where should you get your protein from instead?

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Free-range, organic eggs: 
Eggs are a complete protein, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids.

Milk alternatives:
- Nut milks
- Soy milk

High protein grains: 
- Amaranth
- Buckwheat
- Kamut
- Quinoa
- Seitan
- Soba noodles
- Spelt
- Whole oats
- Wild rice

Legumes and beans: 
- Adzuki beans
- Black beans
- Broad beans
- Butter beans
- Chickpeas
- Green beans
- Kidney beans
- Lentils
Click here for a full list of beans.

Tofu and tempeh

Nuts and seeds

Nut butters:
Our favourite is ABC spread.
Almonds + Brazil nuts + Cashews = complete protein

Seed butters:
- Sunflower seed spread
- Tahini

Green veggies:
- Asparagus
- Broccoli
- Brussels sprouts
- Kale
- Spinach
- Watercress

Next week, we’ve got some super healthy, meat-free, high protein and carbon-friendly recipes for you. Stay tuned…

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