Staple for a veggie diet: whole grains

Lifestyle, Nutrition & Well-being

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Shouldn’t I be eating more protein? How do I make sure I get enough on a vegetarian diet?

There is a big misconception of carbs being the “bad food”. In fact, whole grains are packed full of iron, B-complex vitamins, fiber, essential enzymes AND protein. Try out some new types of whole grains, either in baking or cooked foods!

  • Wheat germ (1 gram protein to 2.5 grams carbs)
  • Oat bran (1 gram protein to 3 grams carbs)
  • Quinoa (1 gram protein to 4.5 grams carbs)
  • Amaranth (1 gram protein to 4.5 grams carbs)
  • Wild rice (1 gram protein to 5 grams carbs)
  • Teff (1 gram protein to 5 grams carbs)
  • Barley (1 gram protein to 6 grams carbs)
  • Brown rice (1 gram protein to 9 grams carbs) – remember not to just watch protein. Did you know this grain has the highest vitamin B content of all rice?

Look forward to some recipes involving whole grains ahead!

Another tip: Before cooking rice, soaking your grains overnight to eliminate the phytic acid in them. Phytic acid is on most whole grains and it prevents you from absorbing zinc!

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