PROTEIN POWER

“Time is short and you are the one you’ve been waiting for.”

Be advised , we’ve been advised, that a wonderful way to reduce our carbon footprint on this planet is to go vegetarian.  Or maybe, simply insert one vegetarian day per week into our eating plan.   “But I’ve been raised on meat and potatoes!”

Also, isn’t meat a great source of protein.  For instance, a four ounce beef patty has 23 grams of protein which, according to some sources, is half the daily requirement for a semi-sedentary woman.  Also 12 grams of fat, Miss semi-sedentary woman!

However, I have this fantasy of mingling with other guests at a cocktail party and whispering something off-hand about my vegetarianism.  First, however, I’d have to be invited to a cocktail party.  Details!

Willing to try, at least one day a week without meat, I did a little research into other sources of protein and taped a picture of a cow to the front of my fridge.

cow

Please don’t eat me!

Here is what I found.  The cow gives me the creeps.  Also…

On cup of broccoli contains over 8 grams of protein

Seven ounces of greek yogurt contains 18 grams of protein

An egg contains 6 grams of protein

One fourth cup of roasted soybeans contains 15 grams of protein

Breakfast and a snack and you’re almost half way there!

Refried beans, one of my favorite foods, contains 6 grams of protein in just one half cup.

A half cup of tofu, roasted of course because I like it that way, contains 20 grams of protein.  There is an amazing recipe for tofu sticks on May 22 and for Italian tofu on May 25.  May must have been a tofu month in my life.

But back to my motivational speech.  If you do go the route of a single day of vegetarianism per week, you’ll still have 6 days to kill and eat defenseless creatures enjoy a steak or some perfectly prepared grilled fish.

I’m going to give it a try.  To market, to market!

Loveya – The Grandma

 

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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