Meat is Not the Only Protein Source
The body is like a machine. For it to run smoothly, it requires the right types of energy input and maintenance. Eating nutritionally is the most important element for staying healthy, next to exercise and mental attitude. There are six important nutrients that our bodies are unable make enough of on their own and which need to be compensated for by foods in our diets. Without these essential nutrients, our bodies aren’t able to function properly and can become tired, stressed and even sick.
These essential nutrients are vitamins, minerals, water, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Of the foods that are high on the list of protein-richness, meat is definitely up there, but there it is definitely not the only place you can get your protein. There are in fact many vegetarian foods high in protein.
Proteins are the building blocks of life, promoting cell growth and repair. And, whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or only participate in Meatless Mondays, vegetarian foods high in protein are important for a varied, healthy diet.
Vegetarian foods high in protein include:
- · Leafy greens – spinach, kale, broccoli, collards, peas
- · Legumes – beans, nuts, seeds, peas, chic peas, lentils
- · Whole grains – oats, wheat, quinoa
- · Dairy – Greek yogurt, low fat milk, low fat cheese
- · Soy – tofu, tempeh, edamame
The Pita Jungle menu is filled with many vegan and vegetarian foods high in protein. For a good dose of protein, try our Wood Fired Salmon Salad with mixed leafy greens, 3 kinds of Chickpea Hummus, Lentil Fetoosh with brown rice and greens, Chipotle Black Bean Burger, or our Macro Platter with mixed beans and rice.