Q. What are good sources of vegetable protein?
Adequate amounts of protein can be easily obtained through a vegetarian diet. Although each individual’s protein requirements are unique, here’s a basic guideline:
- Strive for 5 or more servings of whole grains per day (Eg. of 1 serving: 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice; 1 slice of whole wheat toast; 1 ounce of dry cereal).
- Strive for 3 or more servings of vegetables per day (Eg. of 1 serving: 1 cup of raw vegetables; 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables).
- Strive for 2-3 servings of legumes each day (Eg. of 1 serving:1/2 cup of cooked beans; 8 ounces of soymilk; 1 ounce of nuts).
Remember, a variety of grains, legumes and vegetables will easily satisfy your body’s protein requirements. Do not focus on consuming a high protein diet in order to achieve weight loss and/or other health benefits. The premise for such a recommendation is to decrease your caloric intake. In the long run, this imbalance will cause health problems. Keep it simple, eat a variety of whole plant foods eaten whole!