Wheat gluten is the protein part of wheat and is a very concentrated protein source. Seitan is a Japanese protein food made from cooked wheat gluten.
Quinoa is a good source of easily digestible protein and has lots of fiber. It's a gluten-free grain – actually the seed head of a grass - that cooks in less than 20 minutes. Use it the way that you would rice, or as a side dish and for leftover grain salads.
While nuts and seeds, and their respective butters, contain protein, they also are sources of fatty acids.
Fruits and vegetablesare foods with protein in low concentrations.
Seeds are excellent sources of essential amino acids.
Don't become obsessed with getting enough protein. Protein deficiency is a rarity. It's equally as important to consume a variety of plant foods with protein. These are all the best sources for vegetarians to ensure achieving daily nutritional requirements.
Using Foods With Protein
Without the meat, you'll want to choose some of the following foods as your protein sources: beans and lentils, tofu, tempeh (fermented soybean cake), seitan, wheat gluten, nuts and seeds and their butters. Depending on your location, check health food stores for most of these items.
At the health food stores also, you will find a few brands of plant-based protein powders from foods like the pea, spirulina, potato, soy, rice and hemp that you can use if you think that you need some extra foods high in protein. You can blend these powders into your smoothies. But first I suggest that you give it a try without the supplements.
NOTE: Whey protein is mostly what you will find everywhere that sell protein powders as supplements. It was initially targeted to the gym crowds. The marketing health gurus have been focusing on the elderly and everyone else to use whey as a beneficial health food. Whey protein is a disease-inducing dairy product. Leave it alone.
Start with whole foods to see how you feel. This means that you'll make choices from the various types of grains, such as quinoa (a highly nutritious grain), millet, brown rice, barley, buckwheat and oats. Try also steel cut oats.
If you are used to drinking milk, you can use soy, almond, hemp or one of the other alternative milk drinks.
The healthy eating pyramidis an excellent resource to use as a visual guide. All the amino acids humans need for optimal health are found in plant foods.
Protein does not come from meat. It originates in plants through their interaction with sunlight via the process of photosynthesis. Plants combine carbon dioxide from the air with water and dissolved salts from the soil.
That’s how plants create A-L-L the nutrients they need inclusive of amino acids.
In this photo, David Christopher (plant species in left hand) of the School of Natural Healing is sharing some aspect of the nature of plants to world renowned ethnobotanist James Duke, Keithos and others.
And let’s not forget…
The cow obtains amino acids and all other vital nutrients from the grasses it eats.
I believe with the exception of soybeans, there is no ONE plant food that supplies ALL of the essential amino acids; yet eating a variety will most definitely fulfill your daily protein requirement.
Protein deficiency is simply not an issue among well-nourished vegans who consume a variety of foods with protein from the main plant-based food groups.
That’s it for now on foods with protein…
Disclaimer: The advice given here is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information for educational purposes only. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider. All the content of this website is based upon the opinions, experiences and research of Keith F Gittens – Keithos, unless otherwise noted and is not intended as medical advice.