3/29/09

Protein for the vegetarian (or any athlete)

How does a vegetarian athlete get healthy protein in the diet in order to properly recover and feel satisfied at a meal? Oh-and choose to not be 100% organic/natural because she has to stay on a tight food budget in order to pay for rent, animal food, travel, races, school, etc....

What's in my kitchen right now which gives me a little to a lot of protein (no particular order)
Nuts
Seeds
Cereal
Oatmeal
Mushrooms (yep-protein in those)
Veggie burgers
Low carb wraps
High fiber bread
Chickpeas
Corn
Sweet potato
Beans
Tofu
Cheese
Cottage Cheese
String cheese
Eggs (1/2 yolk with every 3 eggs I eat...I go through a lot of eggs/day)
Yogurt
Milk
Natural Skippy PB
Whey protein powder (Body Fortress from Wal-Mart)


Here is a great protein-rich dinner for a vegetarian (or any athlete):

Salad:
Add any of the following...
Strawberries
Apples
Grapefruit
Peanuts
Sunflower seeds
Carrots
Onions
Chives
Carrots
Cucumber
Lettuce





Tofu
Italian bread crumbs
Tofu
1/2 tbsp olive oil
Garlic
Onion flakes
1/2 veggie burger





Omelet
3 egg whites
1/2-1 egg yolk
Skim milk (Soy milk doesn't cook well)
Shredded cheese
Tomatoes
Garlic
1/2-1 tbsp. Olive oil