How To Get Protein Without Eating Animals

Do you eat animals for their protein?

Do you wonder where the animals get their protein from?

Most people don’t know that cattle, pigs, turkey and chickens all get their protein from eating plants and we are getting second-hand protein when we eat these animals. Why not go to the source ourselves?

Research has confirmed that animal meat has a much higher amount of protein content than plants and when you consume more protein than your body needs, it’s converted to fat which is linked to many diseases including:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity
  • osteoporosis
  • stroke

Also, animal foods have absolutely zero fiber and are very acidic. Learn how to test your body’s pH level to balance how acidic or alkaline your blood is.

A Lesson From The Gorilla

Gorillas are the largest living mammal with teeth similar to human teeth. Picture a strong, adult male gorilla that weighs about 400 pounds and is about 6 feet tall (when standing on two legs). What does he eat to grow that strong? Plants, of course! He eats large amounts of fruits, leaves, stems, shoots, and seeds.

By the way, elephants eat only plants.

All Plants Contain Protein

Let me say that again. All plants contain protein and by eating at a variety of fresh fruits & veggies, raw nuts & seeds, beans, and whole grains, your body will receive plenty of protein.

Fruits and veggies contain smaller amounts of protein that nuts, seeds, beans, and grains. However, they do contain more water content and I consume large amounts of raw fruits and veggies to keep my body hydrated.

How Much Protein Do You Need Each Day?

Protein is something your body needs daily because it doesn’t store it the way it stores fats and carbohydrates. According to the USDA, the average 190 lb man needs only about 65 grams of protein a day and the average 120 lb woman needs only about 45 grams of protein a day.

Use this online calculator from the USDA. to find out your body’s protein needs. Simply enter your height, weight, age, and activity level to generate a report of; Body Mass Index, estimated daily calorie needs in addition to the recommended intakes of macro-nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

These are my top 3 plant-based protein food sources:

1. NUTS & SEEDS

Nuts and seeds are great to snack on, add to salads, oat groats, wheat berries, banana ice cream, or for making a homemade protein powder. Here is a list with the amount of protein they contain. Pick out a few favorites, go shopping for raw (not roasted or salted) nuts and seeds, and start adding them to your diet.

Grams of Protein per 1 oz.

  • hemp seeds 9 g
  • pumpkin seeds 9 g
  • squash seeds 9 g
  • watermelon seeds 8 g
  • walnuts 7 g
  • almond nuts 6 g
  • pistachio nuts 6 g
  • sunflower seeds 6 g
  • cashew nuts 5 g
  • chia seeds 5 g
  • flax seeds 5 g
  • sesame seeds 5 g
  • brazil nuts 4 g
  • hazel nuts 4 g
  • pine nuts 4 g
  • pecan nuts 3 g
  • acorn nuts 2 g
  • macadamia nuts 2 g
  • coconuts (raw meat) 1 g

2. BEANS

Beans are affordable, low in calories, high in fiber, and can be added to most meals. Add them to a Buddha bowl, soup, salad, or do what I do and open a can, rinse well, and eat as a snack. Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) are the main ingredient in hummus – a delicious dip for veggie sticks. Here is a hummus recipe from cookieandkate.com

Grams of Protein per 1 oz.

  • broad beans 7 g
  • green split beans 7 g
  • kidney beans 7 g
  • lentils 7 g
  • mung beans 7 g
  • peanuts 7 g
  • white beans 7 g
  • aduki beans 6 g
  • black beans 6 g
  • garbanzo beans (chickpeas) 6 g
  • great northern beans 6 g
  • lima beans 6 g
  • pinto beans 6 g
  • navy beans 6 g

3. GRAINS

Grains are easily added to salads, soups, smoothies, or they can be used as a breakfast cereal (add fruit, nuts & seeds).

Grams of Protein per 1 oz.

  • wheat germ 7 g
  • oats 5 g
  • oat bran 5 g
  • oat groats 5 g
  • wild rice 4 g
  • wheat berries 4 g
  • amaranth 4 g
  • buckwheat 4 g
  • quinoa 4 g
  • spelt 4 g
  • barley 3 g
  • millet 3 g

Protein Powerhouse Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae (seaweed) that is extremely high in protein (16 grams per 1 oz.) and also an excellent source of vitamins A, E, and K, calcium, iron, and magnesium. I purchase powdered spirulina and add to my smoothies.

Homemade Protein Powder

Make your own protein powder using my simple Homemade Protein Powder Recipe

Online Protein Calculator

Use this online calculator from the USDA. to find out your body’s protein needs.

Plant Protein Chart

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