Even those who do not choose to be entirely vegan or vegetarian, can gain huge nutritional benefit from eating meat-free meals. The strain put on our digestive systems from consuming too much animal based protein and fat is palpable, not to mention the ethical and environmental impacts that go hand in hand with the consumption of meat.
With farming methods becoming less ethical, the process of stock being reared and slaughtered and arriving on our plates has become so disconnected that it is almost impossible to be truly mindful about our consumption. If we knew what occurred before the hygienic, plastic packaged version, would we really continue to consume animals today?
“Complete” proteins, are proteins that contain all 9 essential amino acids in equal amounts. The reason that we need to eat these ‘building blocks’ of protein, is because the human body is unable to produce them on its own. The nutritional excuse of needing meat based protein is no longer a valid one – and to prove this we have compiled a list of COMPLETE plant based protein sources. Even if you can’t cut out animal based consumption completely – at least you can trade a few meals for cleaner, plant based counterparts.
The 10 BEST Sources
Quinoa: Protein, 8 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked
Buckwheat: Protein, 6 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked
Hempseed: Protein, 10 grams per 2 tablespoon serving
Chia: Protein, 4 grams per 2 tablespoon serving
Soy: Protein, 10 grams per ½ cup serving (firm tofu)
15 grams per ½ cup serving (tempeh)
15 grams per ½ cup serving (natto)
Mycoprotein (Quorn): Protein, 13 grams per ½ cup serving
Rice and Beans: Protein, 7 grams per 1 cup serving
Ezekiel Bread: Protein, 8 grams per 2 slice serving
Seitan: Protein, 21 grams per 1/3 cup serving
Hummus and Pita: Protein, 7 grams per 1 whole-wheat pita and 2 tablespoons of hummus
Most of these protein healthy food are served on a daily basis at Santosa Restaurant in the heart of our Detox Center in Phuket, for you to come and enjoy any day of the week!