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Benefits of Plant Based Proteins

Who says you have to eat meat? There are many ways to get the important nutrients in your diet that doesn't involve having to eat meat. For example, nuts, tree nuts, veggies, and fruit.

Plant-based proteins tend to be lower in calories and fat than animal proteins but higher in fiber and essential nutrients. By swapping plant proteins for animal proteins, you can reduce your caloric intake and boost your daily nutrient profile. You may need to consume a variety of plant proteins to get all of the essential amino acids, but that's also the best way to make sure you get all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients needed.

Protein makes up your hair and nails. Your body also uses protein to build muscle, repair tissues, and to produce enzymes, hormones, and other important biochemicals. What makes protein even more important is that the body does not store it in the way it stores carbohydrate and fat – this means that you need a steady intake to achieve your needs.

Going vegan or vegetarian requires some planning. With the right protein-based plant food, however, people who avoid animal products can eat balanced diets that support a healthy body and reduce the risks of some diseases. It is important to discuss dietary portions with a doctor since vegan or vegetarian diets may lack some vital nutrients, necessitating the use of dietary supplements or learning how to include certain foods that are high in these nutrients.


Nutrient Rich
Heart Healthy
Weight Loss Aid
Youthful Glow
Delicious

Don't believe us? Try out this recipe and let us know what you think!


Instant Pot Lentil Bolognese Sauce


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Press the Sauté function key on your Instant Pot and heat the olive oil. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Keep the lid off and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onions are clear and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add the mushrooms and garlic. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft and have released some liquid and the garlic is fragrant. Add the tomato paste and stir to incorporate, let brown for 2-3 minutes. Add the red wine and stir, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, let evaporate.
  3. Add the lentils, tomatoes, water, and spices to the Instant Pot, close the steam release knob and set to manual for 20 minutes. Now is a good time to cook your pasta. When the Lentil Bolognese sauce is done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve over cooked pasta and top with grated cheese and fresh basil.

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