So, where do you get your protein?
Gotta love that question. I get it often. First, I think that a well-balanced vegetarian diet offers enough protein for the average lifestyle. I don’t eat soy products, so I get my protein from beans, legumes, greens, grains, eggs and nuts/seeds. Second, I think we’ve been
brainwashed by the meat industry lead to believe that we need more protein than we really do.
In fact, I was just perusing a Taste of Home magazine at the library, a publication that is all about traditional American homestyle cooking (not exactly Vegetarian Times), and came across this little blurb:
No Meat, No Matter
So you want to go meatless a day or two a week but are concerned about getting enough protein? In truch, your bigger challenge might be giving up steak or pork chops for a day. Turns out that most Americans already consume more protein than necessary – almost twice as much as the USDA’s daily recommendation of about 50 to 60 grams.
Taste of Home April/May 2011
So – for a regular lifestyle, I think getting enough protein is quite easy with a balanced vegetarian diet, even without soy products.
However…. (you knew that was coming)….
I’ve been enjoying having time to work out and have joined a new gym that offers a huge array of group fitness classes. I’ve been going almost daily and doing a decent amount of weight lifting, both in Bodypump classes and in the free weight section. Therefore, I’m trying to up my protein intake, as my little muscles need some protein nourishment in order to grow.
I’ve made a couple of batches of these protein bites. The recipe is wonderfully adaptable, as you can see by my ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ list of ingredients. You can omit ingredients, add other ingredients (like dried fruit or nuts) and/or tailor the flavors to meet your liking.
Double Chocolate Protein Bites
- 1/2 c. raw buckwheat groats, soaked overnight and dehydrated (or oven-toasted – see method here)
- 1/2 c. protein powder – I’ve been using a vanilla unsweetened rice protein powder
- 1/2 c. ground flax seed
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 1/2 c peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1/4 c oats (uncooked)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/4 c agave nectar
- 1/2 c. – 3/4 c. water
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 Tbsp shredded coconut (raw, unsweetened is best)
- 1/2 c chocolate chips
1. Mix all ingredients together, adding more water Tbsp by Tbsp as needed to make a cohesive dough.
2. Shape into balls and refrigerate.
3. Watch out for little hands that pilfer your protein snacks…..
Make sure to use a protein powder that you like in this recipe. My husband does not like the rice protein powder that I use, so he doesn’t like these.