Protein, which derives from the Greek term proteios and means “first place” or “primary,” is essential to good health, and its etymology well reflects protein’s status in human nutrition. You need protein to make, maintain, and repair hair, blood, connective tissue, antibodies, enzymes, and more. A diet that is high in protein may also help lower blood pressure and fight diabetes. Such a diet will likely have you eating less because you will feel fuller longer while it speeds up your metabolism. This way you may lose weight and belly fat while increasing muscle mass and strength.
If you’re living a vegan lifestyle and not eating meat or fish, this doesn’t mean you can’t get enough protein from other sources. The key is to ensure that there is some present in every meal or snack. Beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are all plant-based protein foods that provide a lot of fibre and low saturated fat and are beneficial to your heart health.
Try adding these protein-rich foods to your diet for their health benefits: quinoa, tofu, tempeh, seitan, edamame, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grain breads, spirulina, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, rice and beans, hummus. Each of these is rich in essential amino acids, organic compounds needed to form proteins. Certain vegetables, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, and bok choy are great choices for their protein value as well.
SUUP is aware of the health needs of its customers as well as the benefits that our menu selections offer. Protein-rich foods are incorporated into many of our tried-and-true recipes to help fulfill dietary needs.
Spirulina + Greens, from among our Vegetable Smoothies, packs a healthy punch with its use of fortifying organic spirulina powder. On its own, spirulina has a large concentration of protein, but combined with the kale, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, and other ingredients, this vegetable beverage is filling and healthy, sure to keep your energy intact.
Each of SUUP’s Ready-To-Eat Entrées, made with wheat protein and premium basmati rice, provides 30 grams of protein on average. With the addition of kale, cauliflower, or broccoli that is nestled within some of the meals, our entrées offer a lot of protein, and are very beneficial to your daily food plan. Try our Mediterranean Fish or our Miso Chicken and get your protein boost.
Our protein-rich plant cuts can be added to salads, sandwiches, and stir frys. BBQ Salami chunks or Pepperoni slices will be perfect on a homemade pizza or atop a crusty bun with all the right condiments.
Did anyone say “seitan”? Made from wheat gluten, this perfect meat substitute offers richness in protein and taste. Any of our Seitans —Traditional, Bacon, Cracked Black Pepper, or Italian — can be sliced and steamed, sautéed, roasted or grilled. Served on its own or with a grain or vegetable, seitan can be a complete protein feast.
And remember how we said that hummus is protein rich? Well, our popular Lemon Lovers’ Hummus is perfect to use with snack crackers or fresh vegetables. And if you use protein-rich vegetables such as broccoli or mushrooms with the hummus, you are only upping your protein intake. Bonus for you!
We hope we’ve given you some ideas on how to incorporate protein in your daily food intake. Protein-rich foods and beverages will help boost your energy and metabolism, while giving you peace of mind and power of body.