Most people think they need to get protein from meat, it’s their first stop for daily protein yet meat protein takes anywhere between 24 to 72 hours to digest depending on the person's digestive tract, state of health, medications taken, what it is eaten with it, emotions and other factors.
Whereas plant based protein offers slower releasing protein within hours of consumption which sustains your energy levels for longer. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and romaine lettuce, for example, are rich in ready to use, easily absorbed amino acids. When you fuel yourself on foods that are easier to digest your body can direct more energy into healing the wear and tear on your muscles. Not only will you heal quicker on a diet of plant food proteins you will also have more energy for the next day and over the course of a few weeks will notice a change in your energy levels, sleep patterns and overall health.
Key plant based protein foods are:
Hemp Seeds - contain protein, but also contain heart healthy fats mainly omega-3 fatty acids. They have a delicious subtly sweet and nutty flavor and are so small in size, they can easily be used and added to any recipe to boost the protein content. Use in salads, soups, porridge, cereals, smoothies and making dips etc.
Nutrition: 3 tablespoons hemp = 10g protein
Chia Seeds – absorb 9 times their size in water due to the soluble fiber content. Great to add to meals. They are a great source of protein and omega 3 and are another great option in salads, soups, porridge, cereals and smoothies.
Nutrition: 2 tablespoons = 4g protein
Quinoa – This grain is another gluten free seed, often used for it’s carbohydrate properties, yet it offers protein and fiber and tastes great with most meal and can be seasoned in many different ways.
Nutrition: 1/2 cup cooked quinoa = 7-9g protein
Spirulina – A fantastic source of protein, nine times more protein than beef. It contains all the essential amino acids that we need. It is 70% protein in dry weight. High in Vitamin B1, B2, B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese and all our essential amino acids. A teaspoon a day is a great way gain a slow releasing protein in your diet, through smoothies.
Nutrition : 2 tablespoon = 8g protein
1 tsp. Spirulina or 1 tsp. RawChi Lifestyle Vitality Blend
250 ml coconut water
Mix in a sports shaker or pop in a high speed blender and blend together
This is a great addition to your diet and so quick and easy to add into a daily routine. It isn’t just high in protein it's also rich in:
It is known to balance brain chemistry, offer the richest concentration of protein by weight of any food known (around 65-71%), improve muscle strength, endurance and balance blood sugar as well as help fight inflammatory symptoms of arthritis.
Go on give it a go!