Many consumers are looking for a more wholesome diet, which means they may try to include more vegetarian options into their weekly meals. Often, people who adopt this type of diet may focus on eliminating animal foods, but may not know how to get the most protein out of the plant foods they’re consuming.
Plant foods are not strictly only a protein, carb or fat, although we tend to think of them that way. For instance, whole grains are important to a vegetarian diet and are commonly thought of as carbs—which is true; however, whole grains are also a source of protein, and they contain small amounts of fat too. Some people think of nuts as a protein source, which they are, but they contain a significant amount of fat, as well as dietary fiber.
Registered dietitian, Susan Bowerman of Herbalife Nutrition shares three sources of plant protein to try in your wholesome diet:
Peas supply eight of the nine essential amino acids that a healthy body needs, and like other proteins, it will help satisfy hunger and curb cravings.
Quinoa is higher in protein than other grains, like corn or barley. When extracted from the plant, quinoa protein can be concentrated into a powder form, for plant-based shakes.
Known for being rich in carbohydrates, rice contains a considerable amount of high-quality protein, which can also be concentrated into the form of powder.
Fun tip: for those who love resistance training, consuming rice protein after exercise is as effective as milk-based whey protein in supporting exercise performance and recovery.
For more tips from Susan, visit www.IAMHerbalifeNutrition.com.