Welcome to our Wellness Tips! The following tips are brought to you by Baptist Homes Society's Wellness Department to promote one or more of Baptist Homes Society's Six Dimensions of Wellness. Enjoy, and visit this page frequently to view updates!
FUN MEATLESS MONDAYS AND VEGETARIAN/VEGAN PROTEIN FACTS AND IDEAS TO TRY IN OCTOBER:
THE % OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE CUT BACK ON MEAT? 57%
PEOPLE WHO EAT LESS MEAT WEIGH UP TO 8 LBS LESS THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. THEY ALSO HAVE A LOWER RISK FOR CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE DIABETES, HEART DISEASE AND STROKE.
SALES OF NEW FOOD PRODUCTS LABELED AS “VEGETARIAN” OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD SKYROCKETED BY 40%.
BILL CLINTON, OPRAH WINFREY, ELLEN DEGENERES AND AL SHARPTON ARE NOW EATING MORE PLANT BASED FOODS OR HAVE BECOME VEGETARIANS.
3,500 RESTAURANTS, SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS WILL PARTICIPATE IN MEATLESS MONDAYS. Try it at home this month!
Protein is one of those nutrients we need every day. If you’re an athlete or pregnant, you need even more of it. In fact, many meat-eaters get a good amount of their protein from non-meat sources every day, whether they know it or not. That’s because protein is widely available in many foods. And while those fake nuggets may be yummy it means you are eating loads of salts, flavorings, fats.
Here are a few sources of vegetarian or vegan protein!
1. Beans: The vegetarian and vegan staple. You can eat them whole, refried or in products like tofu or tempeh, they contain protein and fiber, which is equally as important. 15 to 68 grams of protein per serving.
2. Whole grains: Whole grains are rich in nutrients, including protein. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 18 grams of protein!
3. Hemp seeds: They contain fiber, healthy omega-fatty acids, lots of vitamins and minerals, and a very digestible plant-based protein. One serving of hemp protein powder can provide 11 grams of protein.
4. Chia seeds: These are a great protein source as well as providing you with fiber and omega-fats. They’re excellent at keeping you hydrated, too, because they can hold up to 12 times their weight in liquid. Each tablespoon of chia seeds is equal to about one gram of protein.
5. Pea protein: An excellent soy alternative if you’re trying to cut down on the risks. One serving has about 24 grams of protein.
6. Nuts: Nuts are a tasty protein, and a one-ounce serving of almonds contains 6 grams of protein. They are a great and filling vegan or vegetarian friendly snack.
7. Vegetables: Squash, beets, broccoli and sprouts provide protein. Sprouts contain between 1 to 2 grams of protein per serving. Brussels sprouts and okra contain more than 3 grams. Avocadoes contain more than 4 grams of protein per serving.
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