If you’ve begun a Raw Food/Living Food lifestyle, it’s normal to get excited about the way you are feeling as your body starts to change. When you become excited, of course you want to share your experience with others. If you’re a vegitarian as well, I have not doubt that nearly all of you have been asked “where do you get your protein?” I’ve heard this question over and over. In the beginning, I just said, I eat a lot of spinach, and it’s in my nuts and seeds, which it is. This “burning” question put me on a quest for a balaced protein that is easily digestable. I almost forgot about this one, but I found it in the back of my cupboard and suprisingly I haven’t opened this box since I went Raw.
My personal top two favorites for getting adequate protein are Hemp Nut Seeds and Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah). The Hemp Nut seeds can be found in health food stores, Whole Foods, Lassens, etc. They are extremely versatile to the Raw Food way of life.
In addition to my number one choice, the lesser known runner up Quinoa is an ancient food that has been cultivated in South American Andes since at least 3,000 B.C. and has been a staple food of millions of native inhabitants.
The quinoa seed is high in protein, calcium and iron, a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. It contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans. It is exceptionally high in lysine, cystine and methionine-amino acids typically low in other grains.
The protein in quinoa is considered to be a complete protein due to the presence of all 8 essential amino acids. Some types of wheat come close to matching quinoa’s protein content, but grains such as barley, corn, and rice generally have less than half the protein of quinoa.
To easily add this back into my Raw world, I began rinsing, soaking and sprouting the tiny seeds. They can be tossed on salads, eaten with veggies, or added to a smoothie. Yes, that’s what I said. One the mornings that I’m in a hurry, I add everything to my smoothie. Of course I don’t add a lot of Quinoa because I don’t want a thick smoothie, but you get the point.
Keep it simple and keep it fast so you can get on with your day and stop stressing out. Living, Raw protein works very well for me and it will work for you too. So tell me…where do you get your protein?