Did You Know Spinach Has As Much Protein Per Calorie As Steak?
…Or that broccoli has as much protein per calorie as an egg…Or that beans have as much protein per calorie as cheddar cheese?
I was surprised too! I prepared a chart for you using information from the National Nutrient Database maintained by USDA.gov. As you compare the nutrients, notice that steak has NO fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 or vitamin C. It does have cholesterol and three times more fat than spinach.
Spinach, on the other hand, has no cholesterol. It does have fiber. And, in addition to being an excellent source of vitamin A, it has
- 36 times more calcium
- 17 times more iron
- 33 times more magnesium
- 16 times more potassium
- 165 times more folate
- 52 times more vitamin E
- 3085 times more vitamin K
- and 12 times more water
per calorie than steak.
I find it reassuring to know that if you get enough calories per day from plant foods to maintain a healthy weight, and the calories are not coming from junk foods like pop, candy and potato chips, you do not have to worry about getting enough protein in your diet.
My Experience On A Raw Food Diet
In 2002, I wanted to try a vegan diet. I had gone vegetarian several times in the past. This time I wanted to see if I could live without eggs and my beloved cheese. While searching online, I came across a Natural Hygiene Weight Loss Program. I knew you couldn’t eat meat; I accepted you couldn’t eat eggs and dairy; I understood why you couldn’t eat condiments (they encourage over-eating); but when they said: you couldn’t eat cooked foods, I thought they were crazy. I remember thinking that was the dumbest thing I had ever heard of, and I had a collection of what I called “Dumb Diet Books”. Still, I was curious, so I gave it a try.
Much to my surprise and delight, my blood pressure, weight and dress size all went down! I had never experienced these positive results with any other diet I had tried in the past.
What Do You Eat If You Don’t Eat Meat?
If you ask someone what they are planning for supper, they often respond by saying “chicken” “fish” “steak” “meatloaf” “ham” etc. It’s no surprise, therefore, that a meat eater would be concerned that a vegetarian or vegan doesn’t get enough to eat. But just like meat eaters, vegetarian diets are all different. And just like meat eaters, vegetarians often rely on a handful of favorite meals that they eat over and over again.
Some vegetarians adapt a familiar casserole or pasta dish by including everything but the meat. They might add some vegetables to make the dish just as hearty.
Others use meat substitutes to create mock meat foods such as hot dogs, burgers, chicken, bacon and sausage.
Learn To Make Your Own Almond Milk
This youtube video shows you two methods to make healthy delicious almond milk.