When I tell people about a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet, the first question asked is in regards to protein...WHERE do you get your protein from? The answer is the same place horses, hippos, rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, etc., get theirs from....a plant-based diet! These animals are very strong, powerful animals, and there is no meat in their diets. Also, there is no dairy in their diets, (humans are the only species to drink another species milk), and they have very strong bones. Imagine that!!
We have access not only to plant protein, but another excellent source of protein is beans. They are full of fiber, protein, antioxidants...they are the perfect superfood! There are a wide variety of beans...chickpeas, navy beans, black beans, kidney beans, small red beans, cannelli beans, etc. You can buy them in a can, (just drain and rinse), or, what I personally do is buy them dry, soak overnight in water, and cook for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The dry beans are so inexpensive and after cooking them, you have a whole pot full of beans! I divide them in ziplock bags and put them in the freezer until I am ready for them. I put them in my soups and salads...I make hummus with them....I make all different kinds of spreads for veggie sandwiches, dips...the possibilities are endless.
With beans we get high quality protein wrapped in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants...with meat and poultry, (for those of you who don't know this, chicken has as much cholesterol as a piece of beef!), we get protein wrapped in saturated fat and artery clogging cholesterol...not to mention the antibiotics and steroids that were pumped in to that piece of meat. If you have never tried beans, or thought maybe you wouldn't like them, just TRY them. There are so many recipes available on the internet now, it is very easy to try something new.
So, Day 9 menu looks like this:
Breakfast: Cereal, Almond milk with sliced strawberries on top
Lunch: Dining out--Salad bar gone wild!
Snack: Oranges and raisins
Dinner: Pita Pizzas with a green salad
Dessert: Gingered Melon
Remember, just go to the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart website for the complete recipes and more helpful information. Drink, drink, drink, (I can't stress that enough), and get in your 30 minutes of exercise today...at the end of the 30 minutes, you will be so glad you did!!