Three Amazing Mostly Mexican Plant Proteins  

Many of us who are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle do so for a multitude of reasons that vary from person-to-person. Living a healthy lifestyle oftentimes means eating more plants. And those of us who have moved to a plant-based, or all plant diet often get asked, “So where do you get your protein?”

Here is a list of three powerhouse proteins:

Beans: Beans are varied and many of them are a part of a Mexican diet. There are black, pinto, mung, kidney, garbanzo, navy, lentil and so many others. Legumes are powerhouses of nutrition providing us with plenty of fiber and protein. Some of my favorite dishes are hummus with veggies, black bean and avocado tostadas topped with salsa, bean/veggie/guacamole burritos, vegetarian burgers which were made from usually a type of bean and quinoa, and nice bowl of lentil soup topped with a bit of lemon or lime and hearty piece of bread.

Chia seeds: Chia seeds are ancient. They go back to Aztec and Mayan times and were used often. In fact,  this tiny powerhouse, is named “strength” in Ancient Mayan. Back in the day, these seeds were consumed to provide sustainable energy or stamina. Just two tablespoons or an ounce contain considerable amounts of fiber, protien, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, phosporus, manganese, magnesium, calcium and decent amounts of vitamin, B1, B2, B3 and Zinc. As if that wasn’t enough they are usually non-GMO, grown organically and naturally free of gluten.  A couple of my favorite ways to consume chia seeds is to put in my smoothies, in my fresh fruit water or make a chia pudding with almond milk. The chia becomes gel-like when in a liquid and forms a pudding-like substance.

Pumpkin seeds:

Pumpkin seeds, or “pepitas” as they are called in Spanish cuisine are a very good source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper. They are also a good source of other minerals including zinc and iron and  protein. One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds has  nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium and has loads of Omega 3 fatty acids. Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects and have anti-diabetic effects. One  study according to mercola.com even found it worked as well as indomethacin in treating arthritis an anti-inflammatory drug, but without the side effects. Ways to consume pumpkin seeds are by themselves, in a trailmix, in a smoothie, sprinkle on salad or veggies, make energy balls with them. Truly there are many ways to eat ’em…

Think gorilla. This big guy got all of his protein eating plants…

Marcella is a certified Wellness Lifestyle Coach interested in helping people lead healthier, more compassionate, sustainable lives. Her mission is to empower you to become the best most vibrant version of yourself so that you are unstoppably fulfilling your dreams! She  looks at the whole picture and helps  you incorporate plant-strong nutrition, movement, and essential oils to support physical and emotional health. If you want to receive health and wellness updates about vibrant healthy living in Vallarta sign up for her newsletter at www.wellnesslatina.