Even if you aren’t a vegetarian or vegan, getting enough protein should be an important item on your diet to-do checklist. Protein provides you with that satisfying feeling of having eaten enough, cutting cravings for more food and thus helping you stick to your diet goals.
Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, getting enough protein is essential for health. It helps your bones, muscles and brain function at optimal level.* With that in mind, here’s how to incorporate protein-rich beans and lentils into your daily meals:
Beans for breakfast? Absolutely! Take one can of Eden Foods Organic Black Soy Beans and heat up. In the microwave or oven, heat your favorite vegan tortillas until warm and toasty. Top with black soy beans and a sprinkle of vegan cheese, and roll for a filling, delicious breakfast burrito.
Snack time can be so challenging when you’ve resolved to eat healthy. That’s why we recommend keeping Casbah Hummus Garbanzo Bean Dip Mix on hand. Just mix up and dip your favorite raw veggies. Or try spreading on deliciously crunchy Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes.
What’s for lunch? Whether at home or work, you can build a brilliant salad with beans and lentils. Pile up dark leafy greens, chopped raw zucchini, carrots, tomatoes and your choice of beans. Try something other than the usual black beans or kidney beans, such as Eden Foods Organic Pinto Beans.
When it comes to dinner, keep lentil soup in your cupboards for those nights when you’re tired and want something hot and filling. Recommended: Amy’s Organic Lentil Soup. With it, enjoy a slice of Ener-G Brown Rice Gluten-Free Bread.
Before bed: Rather than nibble on cookies, try something different: Beanitos Black Bean Chips. Enjoy with a cup of Bigelow Lemon Ginger Tea Plus Probiotics for a delicious, good-for-you final snack of the day.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.