As Americans we assume that we have to eat meat to get our protein. If our kids don’t eat a lot of meat we feed them a lot of eggs or peanut butter. They have to get their protein to grow big and strong and surely vegetables aren’t going to make it happen…right? Well, Popeye would beg to differ and so would I. The meat industry leads us to believe that we have to eat meat with our meals to get our protein just like the dairy industry makes us believe that milk is the best way to get our calcium.
It’s just not true. Take a look at this chart and see that all 10 of the veggies listed have more protein than eggs. Seven of the ten veggies have more protein than chicken and six out of 10 have more protein than beef.
Yes, there is even less protein in most nuts than in some vegetables, but, in all fairness, you do have to eat a lot more veggies than nuts and meat to get a healthy serving of protein because veggies are so low in calorie density. But they also have a ton of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients and once you start loading up on them with every meal you get sufficient amounts.
Start consuming the list of veggies every day and you won’t need the eggs, chicken and beef any more. Make a salad for lunch each day. Put spinach and kale in your smoothie in the morning. Eat some raw veggies with humus as a snack. Put veggies in your soup or a stir fry rather than meat. Add some nuts too and get even more protein. Vegetarians and Vegans have existed for a long time without eating meat for their protein. Go ahead….go meatless!
Choosing healthy living over dying :)