Protein is the most important nutrient. Our bodies are made up of different proteins, and the word actually translates from Latin as ‘of primary importance’. But did you know that animal foods are not the only source of protein? There are dozens of ways of getting plant protein, and some of these foods are better than beef or milk!
Legumes, such as beans, peas, and lentils, are packed with not just vegetable protein but also fiber and numerous other good things. I particularly like lentils, since they can be cooked from dry without soaking overnight. That makes them convenient.
Quinoa is a pseudograin that is often used as a substitute for rice. The only difference between quinoa and brown rice is that quinoa has twice the protein ounce for ounce and more fiber with less starch. Quinoa would be great for vegetarians who don’t want to eat animal flesh but still need high protein diets.
And not quite fitting into animal or plant protein, the egg of a chicken boasts of the most perfect protein for human nutrition. The amino acid profile of the protein found in egg is the best for human health, and the gold standard by which all other proteins are measured.
Of course, there are trace amounts of protein in vegetables, and this source shouldn’t be underestimated. Even broccoli and leafy greens are a good source of protein!
The point is, you could get protein from meat, eggs, and fish, or even lentils, peas, and quinoa and be doing great. Protein is the most important nutrient, and should be the focus of the meal. There are protein sources everywhere, so no one should say they are not eating enough protein.