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May - Protein on a Vegan Diet

Where do you get your protein? A question I get asked all the time. Here is my answer, "Everything that comes from Mother Nature in its whole form, except fruit, has protein".

That means everything I eat has protein: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables, tofu, tempeh, and vegetables, Every time I eat I am getting some protein. Eating the S.A.D (standard American diet) does not supply as much protein as most vegan and vegetarian diets include.

One great protein food to start using in your cooking is miso. Made from fermenting soybeans, miso is a salty condiment and adds a rich taste to your dishes. Being a fermented food, it is a live food, containing lactobacillus (same as yogurt). Miso is 13 to 20 % protein, helps alkalize your body, helps eliminate toxins from your body, helps improve circulation, and feeds and strengthens the kidneys, pancreas, and colon.

Protein is present in every cell in our body. Protein is responsible for cell replication and required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body's tissues and organs. Protein builds strong muscles and the biggest muscle in the body is the heart. Keeping our heart healthy by eating whole foods, protein rich, dishes is an important part of living a healthy vegan lifestyle.

Recipe of the month:

Baked Pinto Beans

4 (15 oz.) cans pinto beans
1 large onion (diced)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/3 cup dark miso
1/3 cup brown rice syrup

Drain the pinto beans and save the liquid. Take 1/2 cup bean liquid, whisk in the sea salt, cumin, paprika, miso, and brown rice syrup. Mix together the beans, onions, garlic, and liquid. Pour in to a casserole dish, bake at 350°, uncovered for one hour. Stir the beans every 15 minutes, serve hot.


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