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					The Life of a Vegetarian: Getting Protein in Your Diet

You may have chosen to eat a strictly vegetarian diet for ethical reasons, or perhaps you appreciate the
health benefits of going meat-free. Either way, one of the biggest challenges of a vegetarian diet is getting
adequate protein in each meal. Malnutrition commonly affects vegetarians who do not eat a
nutritionally-balanced diet. Continue reading for some food items help keep adequate protein in your
vegetarian diet.

1. Rice and beans make a perfect combination to provide you with a complete, vegetarian protein. Meat protein
contains a complete group of different amino acids that supply your body with essential nutrients. Neither
rice nor beans contain all of the essential amino acids, but when you combine the two, you get the complete
set of amino acids. This creates a nutritionally-complete protein source.

2. Quinoa is known to some people as the super grain, because of the high degree of nutrition it provides.
This grain has been used as a diet staple for centuries, and it contains enough amino acids to make up a
complete protein. Quinoa contains a high amount of protein compared to other grains, and it has many health
benefits in addition to a delicious, slightly crunchy taste.

3. Tofu is a great addition to any vegetarian diet. It is high in complete protein, and comes in several
different forms. You can buy plain tofu in soft, medium and firm textures. This makes it ideal for addition to
any food item, from sauces and stir fries to "meat" dishes.

4. Tofurkey, seitan and other "meat" products make great protein additions to your vegetarian diet. These
gluten-based products taste great, and help you work other types of vegetarian protein into your diet rather
than relying strictly upon soy. Over time, some people develop a sensitivity to soy if it comprises a
too-large component of their diet.

5. Frozen "meats," such as vegetarian hot dogs and corn dogs, veggie burgers, "chicken" tenders and other food
items make simple, quick ways to add protein to your vegetarian meal plan. These frozen foods are usually made
with a soy protein base, and offer many delicious alternatives to help increase your dietary protein.

If you choose to go vegetarian, it is very easy to fall into eating habits that are less than optimal.
Cookies, pies, cakes and donuts are too easy to fall back on, and filling up on these items can leave your
diet un-balanced and lacking in protein and other important nutrients. It is important to include a wide
variety of healthy foods that can provide you with all of the nutrients your body needs. As a vegetarian, you
can also supplement your diet with mixed amino acid supplements, although these do not take the place of
protein from food sources.
Choosing the vegetarian lifestyle can provide you with glowing health; it can also result in a pasty
complexion and an under-nourished body if not done correctly. As you can probably see, there are many options
available to get vegetarian protein into your daily meals. Experiment with some of the options above, and see
how much energy you have with your new, improved vegetarian diet.

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