Four Nutty Alternative Sources Of Protein
Walnuts – often called brain food are not only good tasting they provide an excellent source of protein. Additionally, walnuts contain nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and the wonderful brain loving omega-3. A 2 oz. serving will yield 14 grams of protein.
Peanuts – often thought of as a nut are in the legume family and are a source of protein yet are not a complete source by themselves. So it is a good idea to remember to combine peanuts with other sources of protein. Peanut butter also provides protein in a spreadable form, but to a slightly lesser degree. Whole peanuts are preferable as whole raw foods always provide better nutrition. A 2 oz. serving also yields 14 grams.
Pistachios – are wonderful little green sources of nutrition along with being a source of protein. For example, pistachios contain lutein, a carotenoid found in carrots which are associated with maintaining eye health. Also, pistachios are really good sources for Vitamin-B6. It is preferable to have pistachios still in the shell yet unsalted. There is already enough sodium intake from other sources so avoid the salted variety. Pistachios that come shelled are fine as long as they are unsalted. This green snack provides 12 grams of protein per 2 oz. serving.
Almonds – are not just a source of protein, they contain some very good additional nutrients. Just to name a few, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and Vitamin E and more. Raw almonds contain the highest levels of nutrients. However, with only two specific exceptions, it is against the law to purchase raw almonds in the United States. All almonds in the US processing plants have to be pasteurized, which basically means they are cooked. The loophole in the law is that raw almonds may be purchased on-line or from a Farmer's Market. To ensure the almonds are indeed raw, look for the light creamy color. Light brown indicates they have been pasteurized and of course typical roasted almonds are the well-known dark rich brown color. Enjoying a 2 oz. serving will provide 11 grams of protein.
These are just four quick sources of protein among other excellent nutrients that taste good and are not meat or dairy in nature, perfect for the vegetarian and vegan diet. Keep in mind however, with the exception of the peanut which is a legume, these are nut sources of protein. There are other sources than nuts for protein such as fruits and certain vegetables, which will be covered soon. Remember to eat to live rather than living to eat.