Good Morning Bellas and Bellos!
I’ve heard some buzz lately about some upcoming Spartan races, and it is now my pleasure to announce that BellaVita will be partnering with Spartan Race! They are offering numerous races throughout the tri-state area, and we would love to help some of our members take up the challenge.
AND we are going to be awarding a FREE race code to one of our dedicated members, stay tuned for more details on how to be the lucky racer! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Now to protein - every fitness fan's favorite macronutrient, and every vegan's least favorite topic of conversation. However, knowing how vital protein is to sustain the activity level of our clients, I think it'd be beneficial to discuss plant-based sources of protein that anybody (even college students) can afford to work into their diet.
This week I'll focus on the "meat alternative" types, I'm talking tofu, tempeh, seitan, etc. Each of these has their benefits as well as downfalls. Tofu is a complete protein which means that it contains all the essential amino acids, so the 13 grams of protein you get per 3 oz. serving are of the best quality. It's derived from soybeans, low in fat, high in calcium, and cholesterol free! Tempeh is also a soy based protein source, packing in tons of calcium and 5 grams of protein per ounce. It has a bit of a different texture, so its best to play around with it to determine how exactly you like it prepared! Seitan has bit more of a shaky reputation. For those with gluten allergies or sensitivities, stay away from this food as it's made solely of vital wheat gluten. Although, if you're down to devour some good old gluten, then seitan is a fantastic option. A 3 oz. serving of seitan has 21 grams of protein and only 4-5 grams of fat. Store bought seitan is typically higher in sodium, so to cut both costs and salt I would recommend making it at home. There are plenty of recipes online for all of these great foods!
Next week I'll try to cover protein in plants and some of my favorite plant based protein shakes and bars.
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