You probably already know about popular foods that are sources of protein. However, there are still, less well-known ones that will not only diversify and update your diet, but also saturate your body with protein. Let’s make a reservation that by “little-known” products we mean only those that are not the traditional food of our vegan compatriots.
So, back to hummus. It has long occupied a place of honor in shop windows, but not yet on our table. Hummus is prepared from boiled chickpeas with the addition of oil, most often olive oil. The beauty of this dish is that it can fully meet your expectations. Various flavors are achieved by adding pepper, spices, cocoa and a host of other food additives. In addition to protein, hummus saturates us with iron, unsaturated fats, and fiber. Hummus is simply necessary for those who suffer from celiac disease (digestion disorder, which is accompanied by a pathological interaction of the mucous membrane of the small intestine and gluten protein). Protein in hummus – 2% of the total weight.
Peanut butter is 28% protein. This is Jack Nicholson’s favorite product, to which he owes “male” health. It is worth mentioning separately about peanuts: it must be chosen carefully. You need to buy quality, certified products. Otherwise, you risk getting not only tasty nuts, but also very dangerous carcinogens! When peanuts are stored in a room with high humidity, they become covered with fungus that releases a toxin. Under no circumstances should it be eaten.
Avocados are another source of protein. It has a lot of other usefulness, but now we are more interested in proteins, right? The advantage of avocado is that it makes cold dishes much tastier. True, it contains only 2% protein. But this is only slightly less than in milk. Add healthy fiber to this, and you will understand the importance of this product on your table.
Coconut is rich in saturated fats, so we will not recommend it for weight loss. However, this high-calorie and delicious nut contains 26% protein!
Beet. If beetroot is not an exotic vegetable for us, then this does not mean that we appreciate it. Information especially for meat-eaters: just three to four medium-sized beets contain as much protein as a chicken fillet. As for the taste, cooked in a double boiler, it has a particularly pleasant, rich taste, while retaining all the beneficial properties.
Tempeh is popular in Southeast Asia and is made from soybeans. The taste is pronounced nutty. It differs from the well-known tofu in a large amount of protein: one serving (cup) contains about nineteen grams. Tempeh is warmed up before use or added to hot dishes.
Seitan is made from gluten, a wheat protein. There are 25 grams of protein per 20 grams of product. The consistency and taste of seitan is the best remedy for meat-addicted people who are just starting to take their first steps on the path of vegetarianism. It contains a lot of salt, so you can eliminate foods that contain about 16% of your sodium intake from your diet. If you limit your salt intake as much as possible, then for a normal electrolyte balance and replenishment of the body with protein, eat a quarter serving and you will get as much as XNUMX grams of protein!
The desire to diversify your diet is quite understandable, but do not forget about those products that are available to us every day. For example, flax seeds. Just two tablespoons contains six grams of protein, in addition to the mass of Omega-3 and other beneficial substances, fiber. Seeds can be eaten with cereals, added to pastries.
Remember that your health is worth it to study your body’s needs for proteins, minerals, micro-, macroelements, and it will become the key to your well-being!