Have you ever toyed with the idea of meatless monday after seeing your instagram feed blow up with mouthwatering meat free meals (yea, us too)! You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to forgo meat on Mondays, & we promise you won’t be starving from abstaining from adding animal based proteins to your dishes! Did you know that many plant based foods are excellent sources of protein, and contain a wide variety of amino acids! You’ve probably heard the term ‘complete protein’ when it comes to animal proteins, meaning that these foods contain all nine essential amino acids your body cannot produce on it's own. But why are they so important? Amino acids are the ‘building blocks’ of protein and are important for the optimal functioning of every human body. They are necessary for every metabolic process and are tasked with transporting nutrients, building and repairing cells and tissues, assisting with the formation of collagen and muscle tissue, facilitating recovery, regulating emotions and mood, and supporting the central nervous system (to name a few…). Yet a diet rich in a variety of colourful plant based vegetables, grains, and nuts and seeds, can provide you with health enhancing vitamins & minerals, as well as essential & non-essential amino acids your body needs to form complete proteins. Don’t worry if you can’t get all nine amino acids in one meal, your body stores amino acids from the different foods you eat throughout the day! Think of your body as being a natural reserve! Now, don’t get us wrong, we love us some high quality sustainable animal protein sources (especially in the form of broth), but in an effort of explore more protein options in the plant based realm, here are some of our favourite whole food plant-based complete protein options!
- Quinoa Protein: 8 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked
- buckwheat Protein: 6 grams per 1 cup serving, cooked
- Quorn Protein: 13 grams per ½ cup serving
- hemp seeds Protein: 10 grams per 2 tablespoon serving
- chia Protein: 4 grams per 2 tablespoon serving
Oh, & we can’t forget that we’ve recently launched a plant based bone broth that we know will be the perfect complement to your meat free Monday dishes! We’ll meet (not meat) you in the kitchen to make this beautiful green miso soup with soba!