A few weeks ago we told you that meat is a resource intensive product, and that reducing your meat intake will reduce your impact on the earth (if you missed it check it out here and here) Which is good to know – but at the end of the day, the human body still needs protein. Finals are coming up, so this is definitely not the time for a breakdown stemming from a lack of protein. So, how can you keep your diet balanced and reduce your impact on the world? You are in luck: there are plenty of alternative proteins out there. Here is a quick rundown.
The classics: Tofu and Black Beans
Everyone knows tofu and black beans are sure fire back-ups to get your protein.
The Little Heavy: Hemp Seed
There are different protein types which is why you should eat a variety of proteins. Hemp provides a complete protein by itself along with a does of omega -3, and magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium! With its mild flavor and small size its easy to slip these protein superstars into your food. For more information click here.
The Did You Knows : Spinach, Green Beans, and Asparagus
Plenty of vegetables have some protein in them. You may have to eat multiple and mix them up to get enough, but you’d be surprised where protein can be found.
Spinach, Green Beans, Asparagus all have 4-5 grams of protein in them. For more alternative proteins with recipes and protein counts check here.
For the Daring: Cricket Flour & Products
Why yes you can mill crickets into flour to make a protein packed flour. And yes they sell it! They sell it as cookies, flour, pasta, protein bars, and chips. Its really not that weird – the FDA has guidelines of how many bugs can be in your normal food. Under 30 insect fragments per spice is A ok. So go ahead an put some pepper on your cricket pasta.
For the Near Future: Algae
There already are algae powders out there but algae is stepping up its game. An algae based flour, and a crunch cereal like algae product are set to be released soon.
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Science Fiction: Plant Made Meat???
A company called Beyond Meat is trying to recreate meat from plants. Check it out here.
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