I’ve been crowned the pickiest eater in all the land by my family members. Growing up I was even called “DW” from the PBS show “Arthur” after DW, the little aardvark sister who never liked anything she ate.
Fast forward into my twenties: my taste buds have expanded quite a bit, but there are still some things I will never eat. I just don’t like the taste, texture or anything about them. Yes, I’ve tried them. No, no matter how many times you say that I will “like them prepared this way” I know that I won’t. They just aren’t for me.
Those things being:
- seafood of ANYKIND
Because the only meats that I eat are chicken and turkey (and I don’t consume them on a regular basis), I tend to get asked the question: Where do you get your protein?
It is recommended that an active person get 1-1.5g/kg/d of protein. In normal person language that means 1-1.5g per kg of body weight per day. This of course varies by person and your activity level.
In order to get the recommended dosage of this muscle building macro, I usually eat non-animal products. What do I eat you ask? Read on.
If you have a picky eater or vegetarian in your family, take a look at this list that I have put together that helps me to get the RDA of protein in my diet.
Chickpeas: these tasty little legumes are delicious on top of salads or in stews. Packing 7g of protein for every 1/2 cup, it’s easy to make chickpeas a regular addition to your meals. Or just stuff your face with hummus. Just kidding.
Almonds: 8g of protein for 1/4 cup. Eat them as a snack at the office. Or in your car. Or as a pre-workout snack an hour before your session. Or just because almonds are delicious. Yep, let’s go with that last one. That being said, almost all nuts are a great source of protein and an easy snack.
Broccoli: You’re speaking with the broccoli queen right now. I love broccoli. Fresh or steamed with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil, broccoli has 8g of protein per 2 cups. Add this green veggie as a side to almost every meal and you can pack a punch of protein AND a ton of vitamins.
Chia Seeds: Put them in your smoothie or oatmeal. I swear you can hardly taste them! This is an awesome way to “sneak” protein into your diet without feeling like your chugging raw eggs (which I don’t recommend BTW).
Peanut Butter: 2tbsp= 8g. Eat it straight out of the jar with your fingers…… I mean…. (right Julie?)
Chobani Mango Greek Yogurt- This is a staple in my diet. I eat this yogurt almost every day. With 13grams of protein in every 6oz cup, it’s something that I don’t feel guilty about obsessing over. I recommend eating a cup of Chobani with a handful of almonds for an extra protein-powered PIZAM!
Protein Powder: I use Designer Whey vanilla protein powder in my vanilla almond protein pancakes or in a smoothie. It’s an easy way to get a kick of flavor and make your pancakes GOOD… and good for you!
Soybeans: Edamame steams soybeans with a little pinch of sea salt=heaven.
Asparagus: It’ll make your muscles happy AND make your pee smell just fabulous! Joking on the last part. Don’t pee with the door open anytime soon after eating asparagus. I digress. Asparagus has around 4g of protein per cup.
Quinoa: Perfect to add to salads or in place of rice in a mean. 11g of protein per cup & deliciously filling. I like to add vegetables to mine and create a vegetable/”rice” dish.
Black beans: About 12g/cup. I like adding black beans to salads, in soups, in quesadillas or even in salsas! This filling bean is at the top of my list, and possibly my favorite bean.
See, you don’t have to eat meat & eggs for every meal in order to get an adequate amount of protein. I’ll eat a chicken breast every now and then, but I don’t count on it as my main source of the macro. Protein is found in a variety of places, many more than are just listed here.
Questions for you:
- Where do you get your protein from?
- Are you more of a carnivore or an herbivore?
Of possible interest:
***I am in no way a doctor, personal trainer or nutritionist. I simply am sharing on how I, MYSELF, get protein. This may be different for everyone and I encourage you to talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.***