Three Plant-Based Protein Options

One of the most frequently asked questions about being on a plant-based diet is: “Will I be able to get enough protein?” The answer is, yes! Even though being on a plant-based diet requires a bit of digging to make sure you are getting the right amount of protein for your body, it is not impossible.

If you are asking yourself the question above, I want to make things easier for you and recommend three plant-based protein options that you don’t want to forget to pick up next time you are at the grocery store.

Chickpeas

If you were to take a look in the pantry of someone on a plant-based diet, you’ll most likely find chickpeas stored in there. Chickpeas are not only a great source of protein, but a very versatile ingredient that can be used for many recipes.

Chickpeas are satisfying and fulfilling, and have fantastic benefits as well. In just one cup, chickpeas have nearly 15 grams of protein. Some benefits include: improving digestion due to the amount of fiber that it has, improving gut health, assisting with weight loss, and controlling blood sugar levels.

Chia Seeds

If you are looking for an easy way to get your daily protein intake, chia seeds are a great choice. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds will grant you 6 grams of protein and a boost to your energy.

What is great about chia seeds is that they are very easy to incorporate into your meals. If you are a fan of smoothies, start sprinkling some chia seeds on top of them. If you are on the hunt for a new plant-based recipe, try making chia seed pudding!

Almonds

Almonds are a go-to snack that I can never, ever get tired of. Besides being rich in protein, almonds are rich in calcium, Vitamin E, and have fats that are good for the heart. It doesn’t matter how you decide to consume your almonds. Between almond milk, almond butter, almond protein powder or just the nuts, you can’t go wrong with this plant-based protein.

3 Yoga Essentials for Daily Practice

As you know by now, yoga is a practice that is very special to me as it has transformed my life and the lives of others in so many ways. I cannot stress enough how much I recommend incorporating yoga into your daily routine, even if that means practicing it for just a few minutes each day.

When you’re starting out in yoga, you really don’t need as much as you might think to have a pleasant session. Today, I’m recommending three yoga essentials for a safe and effective daily practice.

A Yoga Mat

This may come as no surprise, but it really is important to have a yoga mat for your practice rather than using your carpet, floor or any other surface as an alternative. Having a yoga mat will provide extra support when it comes to your yoga poses, especially ones that require more strength and flexibility. It will also prevent you from potential injury.

What I find most important about a yoga mat is that it really does become a part of you. Your yoga mat becomes something that you can always resort to whenever your body, mind and soul need it most.

Toe Spreaders

Toe spreaders are a natural way to relieve all types of foot pain that may be preventing you from advancing in your yoga practice. Your feet play a crucial role in yoga so it is important to make sure you are protecting them from injury and relieving them from the pressure that results from day-to-day activities.

With toe spreaders, you can release all of the tension and stress in your feet, encourage blood circulation, as well as prevent foot problems like plantar fasciitis, bunions, flat feet, and more.

Taking care of arguably one of the most important foundations of our bodies, our feet, is a step closer to having an amazing yoga practice.

Yoga Blocks

As you move forward in your practice, you may find that not every pose can be entirely comfortable at times. This is where yoga blocks come into play.

Yoga blocks are a great essential to use in order to provide more comfort and extra support during your practice, especially during poses that involve stretching. Yoga blocks can be used for people of all different levels as it can add more balance and length to certain poses or even be used to challenge yourself even more. It doesn’t matter what level of yoga you practice; yoga blocks are beneficial to anyone who uses them.

3 Plant-Based Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alternatives

What comes to mind when you think of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids? You’re most likely thinking of fish. The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for your body. In fact, your body needs them to function.

When you’re on a plant-based diet, the misconception that you cannot obtain omega-3 fatty acids may be floating around, but I have some great news to tell you: There are plant-based alternatives that will give your body exactly what it needs!

Here are some that I recommend:

 

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are probably one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plant-based foods primarily contain a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), but unfortunately, that type of omega-3 fatty acid does not support your body as heavily as the fatty acids contained in fish or seafood do.

This means that you will need to obtain a higher amount of ALA omega-fatty acid in order to get the proper amount that your body needs to function. Brussel sprouts have around 135 mg of ALA in just a half cup serving, thus making it an excellent plant-based food to increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake!

 

Perilla Oil

If you are unfamiliar with perilla oil, it is an oil that is obtained from pressed, roasted seeds. Unlike oils like fish oil that are another common source of omega-3 fatty acids, perilla oil is entirely plant-based making it perfect for those on a plant-based diet.

The oil is mainly known for its ample amount of Vitamin E, an excellent antioxidant for the body. Just as brussel sprouts contain a large amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA,) perilla oil does as well.

Aside from being a source of omega-3 fatty acids, perilla oil is important because it can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve the health of your skin, and even improve eye health.

 

Walnuts

Walnuts are great because they are an excellent snack to have with you when you’re on the go. On a plant-based diet, walnuts are a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids since only about ¼ cup holds the perfect amount of fatty acids your body needs per day.

Walnuts do wonders for your heart health so be sure to stock up on them for your pantry!

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