I can’t believe this vegetarian stereotype hasn’t been broken yet, but I’m almost always asked the same two questions when people find out that I don’t eat meat:
(2) How do you get protein?
I find the second ironic since I’m sure I get more protein now than I did when I was a meat eater! Since becoming a vegetarian I’ve had to really research the best natural sources of protein as well as protein supplements for when my activity level calls for an increase consumption of protein.
I will be doing a full post tomorrow on what my typical day looks like in terms of food and nutritional content but I average about 70-90 grams of protein a day on a 1400-1600 calorie diet. I’d like to think that’s pretty impressive! Over half of my protein comes from natural sources; oatmeal, beans, eggs, quinoa, nuts and lentils are some of my favorites.
Some of my best protein-packed vegetarian recipes are:
Lentils with spinach, mushrooms and carrotsChickpea salad with baked falafel
As much protein as I eat from natural sources I also enjoy supplementing with protein bars and drinks. I work absolutely ridiculous hours and there are times when I’m not able to cook something (or even have access to a microwave) so I grab a protein bar to go or bring a cold shake. Years ago when I first started eating protein bars I wasn’t reading the nutritional labels an I was basically eating glorified candy bars they were ridiculously high in sugar and full of awful chemicals. #HealthyLivingFail
Thankfully, I’ve become much more aware of what I consume and I make it a point to use high quality protein products like Pure Protein . Full disclosure: I tried some of their bars a few years ago and I wasn’t exactly a fan. I can’t specifically remember why but the taste didn’t ‘wow’ me and I hadn’t bought any since then. I’m so glad I decided to give them another shot because they are incredible.
I tried both the Chocolate Deluxe and the Chocolate Peanut Butter while in New Orleans this past weekend and I was floored with how much the flavors and consistency have improved since the last time I tried them. If you tried them before and didn’t love them please do yourself a favor and give them another chance. The bars have one of the best calorie-to-protein ratios I’ve ever seen. The Chocolate Deluxe is only 180 calories and has 20 grams of protein!
I was excited to try out their protein powder in my morning oatmeal since the last brand I purchased was a total let-down (it tasted like chalk!) I hesitated putting half a scoop in my 1/2 cup of oatmeal but a few moments later I was feasting on (what tasted like) chocolate breakfast oatmeal cookie batter! I kicked it up a notch and added a few drops of Chocolate flavored liquid stevia. I’ve made this as a dessert a few times already.
The pre-made shakes are equally tasty and they have a lid so I can only have half at a time and save the rest. It’s perfect since I’ve been using half in my morning green smoothies!
Pure Protein Giveaway (U.S. Residents Only)
One winner will receive this incredible prize pack from Pure Protein! 12 shakes, 1 pound of vanilla protein powder and 5 protein bars. Spoiled!
How To Enter:
Leave A Separate Comment for Each Entry (Total of 4 chances to win per person)
3. Tweet the following message “For your chance to win some @pureproteinpro protein check out http://www.ericadhouse.com/PureProtein @Erica_D_House”
4. Leave a comment on this blog post saying you’d most like to try.
Contest closes at Midnight (Central Time) on Thursday, February 21st. I will select a winner at random and post the results on my website on Friday. PLEASE be sure to check back to see if you are a winner!If I do not hear from you within 48 hours a new winner will be selected.