For many years I have struggled to eat enough protein. I have tried several different things and I have tried several different methods and I have come to one conclusion. Protein is a very important aspect of my diet. Not only does protein help your body build muscle but it also helps your body to maintain a healthy level of amino acids.
The grocery stores are packed with hundreds of different meats, cheeses, and nuts but we all know that you have to get protein from more sources than just these three. So what are the best options available to you? Have you ever given your garden a thought in this process? The facts are clear. You can grow and produce high protein plants in your garden. Here’s a quick look at some of the plants you could grow and the amounts of protein that you might be able to coax from them.
It seems that these little critters are involved in almost everything. However these legumes can pack a very big punch in the protein department. Not only do these beans have Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids but they also have several other varieties of fatty acids. Add to this the fact that the soybean grows very easily and that there are several varieties of this bean and you have a real winner. This bean also has the ability to grow in almost any region.
While soybeans might take the spotlight for most people you also need to know that you can grow a completely different set of legumes as well. Peas, beans, and even chickpeas are some of the most nutrient dense foods you could grow. Do not limit yourself to simply soybeans. Be willing to branch out and try a whole variety of beans and peas.
Pumpkins are fun and they certainly have their time in the sun when Halloween rolls around, but did you know that the seeds inside the pumpkin could be eaten? Did you know that these seeds are full of protein? Taking the time to grow a pumpkin might be a little tedious but the payoff is huge. Pumpkin seeds are plentiful in most pumpkins and they are super easy to prepare. Once you have cleaned them of their pumpkin guts all you have to do is lightly oil, lightly salt, and then roast for a few minutes.
This delicious snack can be grown in your own garden. Keep in mind that most species of the peanut need dry hot climates to thrive. This makes the peanut mainly a summer time crop in most locations. However the peanut is full of vitamins and it is also the most abundant source of vitamin B7 for vegetarians. You also need to keep in mind the fact that peanuts need to be dried thoroughly after harvest to help avoid the formation of fungus on the crop.
This is a simple grain that is very similar to cereal grains. The main difference n this grain is that it has twice as much protein compared to white rice and it has more protein than wheat. This crop will grow relatively easily in your garden. It will need to be washed after harvest to remove the bitter hull that surrounds it.
While the name says wheat this is not wheat at all. This is a grain that can be grown in your garden as well. It has all the benefits of quinoa but without the bitter saponin hull that coats the quinoa. This means the buckwheat does not need to be hulled after harvest. It can also be ground to produce flour.
One of the most popular vegetables in the world, corn is a great option for your garden. The many different varieties mean you are sure to find one that you like. Yellow corn is rich in essential minerals and you could also opt for a variety such as dent corn. This can be ground into cornmeal and it will last for a very long time.
Take the time to learn about all of these crops as well as the hundreds of others that you can grow on your own. Why struggle to fill the protein void when you can clearly fill the need with a few vegetables? You will be happier, healthier, and most of all you will be more resourceful.