A couple of days ago I answered a question from someone asking where she would get her protein from if she became a vegetarian (answer was from just about every kind of food). It got me thinking. Why do they think that protein is only to be found in meat? What do they think we eat? So I've written what I've had so far and what my plans are for dinner tonight.
Breakfast this morning - large bowl of Fruit and Fibre cereal, 150 semi skimmed milk and a banana.
According to the nutritional information on the packaging, I've gotten 25% of my daily allowance of B12 from the cereal and 18% from the milk. 43% from one meal!!!!! Protein comes in at 6g from the milk (I had about 150ml) and 4g from the cereal (I had 50g of it).
Lunch - I'm making Split pea soup for Ina Garten's book 'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook' for lunch.
It contains 900g of split peas, and serves 10, so that's about 90g per portion. That's about 23g of protein per portion just from the peas. The carrots, potatoes and onions also provide it. So I've had at LEAST 25g from one bowl of soup.
Planned dinner tonight (being made by my 12 year old daughter) - Stir fry with pak choi (1.5g protein per 100g, Vitamin A equiv 243 μg (30%), Vitamin A 4468 IU, Vitamin C 45 mg (54%), Calcium 105 mg (11%), Iron 0.80 mg (6%)) carrots , mushrooms, beansprouts, courgettes, chinese leaves served with basmati rice. I can't be bothered to put all the nutritional into down, but I'll be getting at least 68% of my recommended vitamin C from this one meal.
According to US & Canadian Dietary Reference Intake guidelines, women aged 19–70 need to consume 46 grams of protein per day, while men aged 19–70 need to consume 56 grams of protein per day to avoid a deficiency.