As a vegetarian, I’m always looking out for how to eat more protein. We’ve just recently found a really simple way to up our protein intake. I’m not sure how we hadn’t realised sooner to be honest, and I thought I’d share in case anyone else has been in the dark about this cheap and easy healthy food swap.
How to eat more protein:
Are you a pasta fiend? I am. I eat pasta at least twice a week, and I’d probably eat it every day of the week if I could get away with it! In a nod towards healthy eating I’ve been eating wholewheat pasta for nearly two decades because it’s slightly better for you than white pasta.
It turns out there is a healthier option to wholewheat pasta that (in my opinion) tastes and looks no different; provides you with a quarter of your recommended daily intake of protein; and is only 15p a bag more.
Behold: wholewheat spelt pasta!
200g of wholegrain fusilli pasta from Sainsbury’s contains 8.4g of protein (17% of an adult’s recommended intake) and costs 85p for a 500g bag.
200g of wholewheat spelt fusilli pasta, also from Sainsbury’s, contains 12.3g of protein (25% of an adult’s recommended intake of protein), and costs £1 for a 500g bag.
That’s 8% more protein for one simple food swap that has little discernible difference to wholewheat pasta.
Of course, I’m not suggesting for a second that you eat pasta for every meal. For vegetarians and vegans good sources of protein include quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, beans, nuts, spinach, artichoke, peas, tofu and more. Aim for a good balance of foods and you’ll easily hit your protein quota. Which, for your information, is on average 55g a day for men, and 45g a day for women.
Do you have any tips on how to eat more protein?