Plant protein is an ideal protein in many ways. Plants are everywhere. They can be grown in large amounts, farmed and shipped easily. They reproduce seeds usually within a season or two and they produce chlorophyll the blood of the plant world. For economic, social, ecological, moral and other reasons plants are the tops as far as foods go.
It is far less energy intense to produce protein from plants vs. the conversion of ration of plants into animal protein. And although I personally do eat meat, there are those that choose not to and do well with out it.
But no matter which camp you are from the good news is that plant protein can and should have it’s place in your life. Green and good plant protein can serve any our bodies in a way that other foods simply can’t.
So what is the big deal with Plant Protein?
Plants have so much of what we need and equally as importantly they offer as alkaline nutrition that is hard to overdue, become addicted to or binge on. In fact if there is any food that should be considered the foundation of diet, despite bread winning the ‘staff of life’ trophy, it should be plants. End of story.
How do we get yummy plant protein?
There is protein in most common foods that people eat daily. It is just not in really large amounts the way it is found in meats. Beans, grains and veggies all offer protein in varying amounts depending on the item. Here are some examples:
1 cup of broccoli – 4 protein grams
1 cup of brown rice – 5 protein grams
1 baked potato – 4 protein grams
1 cup of lentils – 18 protein grams
(Taken from USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 18, 2005)
How to get even more yummy plant protein…
If you are looking to supplement your plant protein intake over and above your current diet you do have a handful of plant protein powder options. The proteins from these foods are removed and condensed into protein powders.
Are all relatively common protein powders and readily available.
If you are looking for more greens to add into your diet you can readily find powdered greens. Similar to protein powder they come a convenient powder form. You can scoop the powder mix into any liquid and have a meal or snack on the go. To make greens powders greens of various kinds are dehydrated at low temperatures and then refined into a powder, packaged and delivered to supermarket near you.
Although not concentrated on protein specifically, greens powders can be an amazing addition to any diet.