PROTEIN – ANIMAL and VEGETARIAN

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What is a Protein?

Protein is the building blocks for our body including the hormones and the enzymes. Which foods do we eat to get these very important proteins? I’ll tell you as soon as I let you why proteins are so necessary.

We need proteins for normal growth, for repairs for our body, for blood clotting and to regulate the acid-alkaline balance in our body.

Types of Protein

Animal proteins contain all the essential amino acids from which the body can make the other 14 non-essential amino acids. Together the 22 amino acids make up  50,000different proteins to make all the cells, tissues , organs, muscles and nerves that are us.

There are some folks who want to eat a vegetarian diet. What can they do? Plant proteins are incomplete proteins. That is, they are very low in or are missing an amino acid. Many vegetarian recipes combine a grain and a bean (legume) to form a complete protein.

For example, a tortilla with beans or Boston brown bread with baked beans.

Grains include amaranth, buckwheat, barley, corn, farro, millet, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt and wheat. Beans would include anazasi beans, black beans, chick peas or garbanzos, great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, soy and small white beans.

Complete proteins are found in beef, buffalo, eggs, elk, fish and sea foods, goat and goat milk, milk and milk products, pork, poultry and venison.

More Protein

A delightful, inexpensive delicious addition to your diet is homemade broth from bones. Save all your bones. Freeze them if it takes a while to get enough. Broth is protein sparing. Use it instead of waterfor cooking almost anything. I enjoy it as a warm drink on a cold winter day!

This week, find out where you can buy grass fed beef.  It may be a bit more expensive but is more nutritious and satisfying.  Ask if they have any bones you can have for your dog. They will make the protein broth!


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