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Benefits of Plant Protein



I am not a vegetarian, but I do consume a significant amount of plant protein. The sources of plant protein are: legumes (beans and peas) and soybeans; whole grains; nuts and seeds; and vegetables.

All of us can benefit from replacing some of the animal protein in our diets with plant protein. The current US diet consists of a 1 to 2 ratio of plant to animal protein. A 1 to 1 ratio is considered more desirable for optimal health and disease protection. The evidence is striking that a plant-based diet is optimal for health and wellness.

Have you considered trying some meatless meals for you and your family? Meatless Monday is an international campaign to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15% by encouraging at least one meatless meal per week. This simple move can have great benefits: it may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity AND it can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save our precious resources like freshwater and fossil fuel.

Myplate2yours has several recipes to assist this effort: Edamame Quinoa Salad, Bean & Cheese Quesadilla, Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry, Rice and Bean Burrito Bowl, Pita Pockets with Hummus & Veggies , Lentil Portobello Marinara and Festive Moroccan Couscous . You can find more vegetarian recipes for “Meatless Mondays” on my site at Recipes / Vegetarian . Enjoy!


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Lynn Dugan

Registered Dietitian / Chef
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