Wednesday, April 10, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: The Power of Plant Protein

“The fact is you’re not getting the nutrition you need on a meat-based diet and you’re going to get dramatically better nutrition on a plant-based diet.”  
   --Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, Founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

One question I am asked frequently is, “Are you getting enough protein?”

Quinoa salad with grape tomatoes

With a plant-based way of eating, it is simple to get all the protein one needs.  The fact is that most people consume way more protein than they need.  Excess protein can cause a strain on the kidneys.  When the source of protein is from animal sources, a common side effect can be inflammation with its own set of issues and complications to one’s health. 

Protein abounds in the plant kingdom.  Consider quinoa, lentils, and soybeans.  All 3 are protein powerhouses.  Quinoa, technically a seed but used as a grain, is a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids. 

The question people should be asking is, “Are you getting enough fiber?” 

Need some inspiration and great recipe ideas for plant-based eating?  Check out 

In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids