Make Way Meat: The Importance of a Diverse Diet

Protein can be found in plenty of other foods besides meat

One of the biggest challenges people face when trying to eat less meat is how to get enough protein. But ask any diehard vegetarian and they will probably scorn such a suggestion. Meat is so ingrained in the Western diet that we have scarcely taken the time to learn recipes that don’t have meat as the central source of protein. But opening our eyes just a sliver can open up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to lean protein sources and delicious new meals. 

Where’s the protein? 

Here, we have brainstormed a list of non-meat items that are high in protein:

  • Whole grain pasta
  • Rice and rice noodles
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Nuts 
  • Oatmeal
  • Potatoes
  • Chia and pumpkin seeds

That’s just for starters; there are a whole host of fruits and vegetables that include small amounts of protein, including: broccoli, avocado, corn, spinach and brussel sprouts. Remember when dreaming up new recipes that you always want a complete protein, that contains at least 9 of the essential amino acids. For example, rice and beans separately are not a complete protein but together they are.

Why we believe in the power of protein

From a chiropractic perspective, which is in line with the conventional wisdom of modern medicine, protein is an essential part of the diet. We particularly champion protein because of its importance for healthy bones, muscles, cartilage and blood. In this sense, it can be thought of as an ingredient that supports musculoskeletal health. If you are looking to change the way you feel and function this new year, give one of our offices a call to schedule an appointment today.