Most Americans easily get enough protein in their diets without having to make a conscious effort toward it. Personally, even when I became vegetarian and then vegan I never worried about the amount of protein I was consuming. But lately as I am becoming more active and looking to become stronger, I see protein as a vital macronutrient that is pretty severely lacking in my diet. I don’t have to be told twice to eat my complex carbs or healthy fats, but protein just seems to be something my body doesn’t crave. With that being said, here’s how I (painlessly) incorporated some quality protein into today’s eats:
For dinner I threw some veggies in the oven to roast while I cooked some whole wheat couscous on the stove along with a roux sauce. I would have been perfectly happy with just that but decided to make some seitan to make a more balanced meal.
This ended up being delish and incredibly nutritious with about 20 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber!
First I had to make homemade coconut butter with shredded unsweetened coconut in my mini magic bullet-type blender.
This stuff is good. I’m pretty sure I see homemade coconut peanut butter in the near future…
Anyway, these scones rocked. I can’t believe there is no sugar in them! My parents loved them too so I will definitely be making them again!
Quick backtrack to this morning, it was raining all day but eventually I made it outside with the pup for a relatively easy 3 mile run. We came back soaked and dirty but it was worth it to get our muscles working and hearts pumping! Before getting all cleaned up I did a 20 minute yoga session to get in some strength and stretching. The rest of my day was pretty laid back!
Question: Thoughts on protein? Do you care about getting enough/do you have to try to get enough?