We’re focusing on mindful nutrition, and this week we’re asking you to try it without meat.
Now, it’s clear in studies that having a plant-based diet is a great way to decrease your risk for diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and other inflammatory-based diseases. There are many ways to get your protein in besides having meat at every meal. There are your meat substitutes such as tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein, and seitan, which is a gluten-based meat substitute. Of course, if you have celiac disease or if you’re gluten sensitive, you want to avoid the seitan.
But also there are other ways to get your protein in, such as beans, like your black beans, your red beans, lentils, navy beans, black eyed peas. These are great sources for protein. Quinoa, while a grain, actually has a very high-quality fiber protein content that can be used in substitute of rice at any meal.
So this week try your meals without meat. Use any of the substitutes available to get your protein in. You can even use protein powders or shakes to increase your protein if you feel that you’re not getting enough at each meal.
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