Protein, Protein, Protein! 5 Reasons…

 

  1. Healthy Weight: Satiation is satisfied eating protein. A protein rich meal will keep you feeling light, vital and happy, and ready to take on your day. Gastric emptying is slowed when protein is in the system, leaving you fuller for longer. Also, protein, especially plant protein, helps to build lean muscle mass, particularly is you engage in exercise, which boosts your metabolism, keeping you in a fat burning state all day long.
  2. Supports Neurotransmitters: Mental function is everything, and to have proper communication between the brain and the nerve cells is imperative for a thriving life experience. However, most people simply tolerate their existence and live lower standards of happiness. Though, with sight dietary shifts, your cognitive function and happiness can be optimized. Neurotransmitters are responsible for regulating your sleep, mood, weight and stress response, which is largely dependent upon the amount of amino acids (protein) you consume. Neurological side effects of not eating enough protein can result in depression, anxiety, depression and other disorders.
  3. Stabilizes Blood Sugar: Since protein slows gastric emptying, it keeps insulin and blood sugar from spiking. Of course this is important for prediabetics and diabetics, but why is that good for everyone? Everyone can benefit for the mood balancing that comes from balanced blood sugar and proper meal combining. Having small amounts of carbohydrates, with adequate protein and a good serving of healthy fats, such as seeds, avocados, coconut and nuts can make all the difference in your ability to focus and produce those “feel good” hormones we’re all looking for!
  4. Builds Muscle Mass and Metabolism: Protein is the king of creating lean muscle mass, especially when in partnership with a moderate amount of exercise. Having increased muscle mass also boosts your metabolism Big Time! Allowing you to burn more calories while at rest.
  5. Build Bone Health: Since protein builds muscle, it is of great advantage to have a proper amount of muscle mass to protect your skeleton from fractures or bone breaks. But what’s the best way to actually BUILD bone? PLANTS! Green, leafy vegetables and nuts and legumes such as chia seeds and garbanzo beans are excellent sources of calcium and plant based amino acids and proteins!

 

What Are My BEST Sources of Protein?

As we know, people are embracing all sorts of diets now a days. From full fledged vegan, to paleo, to high fat, to blood type diets, to pescetarian. Every one is exploring and seeing what works best for their bodies. We are open to all of it, however, we do believe that having the basis of your diet be high in plant based super foods, green leafy veggies, sea vegetables, plant proteins and an excellent source of high quality water is essential for keeping the acid alkaline balance in your body. What’s your favorite way of getting your protein? Share with us below:)…

 

Spicy Raw Coconut Curry Recipe

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Simply Young’s Creamy Coconut Powder (Click to buy)
1 1/2 cups of coconut water (optional, or just 2 cups of water, or to desired consistency)1/2 cup of water1 thin carrot (cut in chunks)

1 small clove garlic (peeled)

1.5 teaspoon galangal ginger (if you don’t have galangal ginger, you can use 1 tsp fresh ginger)

2 teaspoons curry powder

1/2 Thai chili pepper* (minced)

2 tablespoons green onion (chopped)

1 tbsp gluten free tamari (to taste)

optional: 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

optional: 1 medjool date (pitted)

 

1 red bell pepper (cut into matchsticks)

2 Persian cucumbers (julienned to form noodles)

1 handful cilantro, divided

2 tbsp julienned thai basil (or regular basil)

quarter of an avocado (optional)

1/2 cup shiitake mushroom (sliced)

1 tbsp gluten free tamari

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

 

Instructions:

Take the last two ingredients (tamari and lemon juice and slightly whisk together). Add to the shiitake mushrooms and marinate them in a bowl, set aside. Take the bell pepper, cucumbers and cilantro and place them in a medium size bowl or in two small bowls. Take rest of ingredients and blend in a high speed blender till smooth. If you would like your soup warm-hot, blend for longer over 2 minutes.

Pour curry into your bowl(s) and add your mushrooms and avocado if you would like! Enjoy!

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