How To Get Enough Protein When Eating Vegetarian

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According to a study done in 2016, there are 7.3 million Americans who practice a fully vegetarian diet. A vegetarian is defined as someone who doesn’t eat meat (and sometimes other animal products). Typically, vegetarians follow this diet for moral, religious or health reasons.

A common concern for vegetarians is how to get enough protein when not eating meat. Per day, women should get 46 grams of protein and men should be taking in 56 grams. When enough attention is paid to what is going into their body, vegetarians can certainly get enough protein. If you’re following a vegetarian diet, consider regularly incorporating the following sources of protein into your diet.

Green Peas

Anything within the legume family is considered a solid source of protein. In fact, one cup of peas contains 7.9 grams of protein–the equivalent of a cup of milk. Peas don’t have to be eaten as a side dish, they can also be blended into a pesto.

Quinoa

Technically a seed, quinoa contains more than 8 grams of protein per cup. This includes all nine essential amino acids that the body requires for growing and repairing. Quinoa is extremely versatile and can be added to soup or vegetarian chili.

Nut Butter

Nuts are considered a valuable part of a plant-based diet. Not only are they high in calories, they also contain 5 to 6 grams of protein per ounce. Raw or dry roasted nuts are typically the healthiest. Also, look for nut butters with only nuts and salt.

Beans

If you’re a vegetarian, beans should be part of your daily diet. Believe it or not, two cups of kidney beans contain 26 grams of protein (one gram more than a Big Mac!). Beans also come in a wide variety, including white, black, pinto, heirloom, etc.

For more healthy tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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5 Benefits of Eating Avocado

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Many people don’t think of avocado as a fruit, but believe it or not, the highly nutritious food is, in fact, a fruit and not a vegetable. This little green fruit is often praised for its abundance of healthy fats, which have long been known to provide ample health benefits. In case you’re still on the fence about eating avocado, here are five benefits you receive from this fruit.

  1. Avocados have more potassium than bananas. Most people go straight for bananas any time they have a cramp, but avocados actually contain 100 grams, or 14% of the recommended daily value, in one serving (3.5 ounces). Bananas, on the other hand, have 10% of the RDA per serving.
  2. Eating avocados can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Many people are worried about eating fats because they think it will raise their cholesterol; however, avocado actually works to lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (the “good) cholesterol.
  3. Avocados can help prevent cancer. Although limited, some studies show that avocado can both reduce the risk of cancer and minimize the effects of chemotherapy.
  4. Avocados hold a laundry list of nutrients. Among the nutrients in avocados are Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.
  5. Eating avocado can help you lose weight. Because they are high in fiber and low in carbs, avocados are a great food to eat if you’re looking to shed a few pounds.

If you’d like to incorporate avocados in your diet, consider cutting one up in a salad, eating it as guacamole or even spreading one on toast for a healthy breakfast option. Because they take some time to ripen, it’s important to make sure that it feels slightly soft when you select your avocado. For more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.