Many vegetarians are unknowingly high carb, low protein, especially those who don’t have well formulated meals.
Traditional foods many vegetarians eat, such as grains, bread, pasta, rice, fruit and legumes, are high in carbs. Quinoa for example – 1 cup of cooked quinoa provides 8g protein but an astounding 35g carbs.
Soy, another classic vegetarian protein source, is generally avoided by many due to the increasing research that is showing a link between their phytoestrogens disrupting both male and female hormones.
The debate over the health benefits/harm from soy and tofu can be a polarising argument due to the conflicting research (and who has paid for it to be published).
Soy, tofu and protein powders are highly processed, that is another factor to be taken into consideration.
So what are some healthy low carb protein options that vegetarians can enjoy? And how can you formulate a balanced low-carb vegetarian diet?
It can be done with a little planning and forethought. You may not be as low carb as some, but you can enjoy a balance of vegetarian ideals, with a lower carb goal.
Go for fully loaded salads with cheese, nuts, eggs and fish (if you are pescatarian and happy to consume this). Add some seeds, enjoy some natural yoghurt, sprinkle chia seeds or hemp seeds over the top.
Add plenty of healthy plant based fats on your meals" ...
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