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!