Your Budget Protein Diet
Posted by Sarah at 2:24 pm in Great Deals

As you probably already know, your body can’t function without proteins.  At the same time, if you don’t consume the proper types of protein, you may still suffer from a wide range of health problems.  Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you get all of the proteins that you need, in the proper quantity.  Unfortunately, most of us think of meat when we pick our proteins – a choice that can have a negative impact on our waistlines and our wallets.

Vegetarian Diets

While many people advocate a vegetarian diet, it’s not for everyone.  Not everyone processes plant proteins as efficiently as animal proteins, while some vegetarians suffer from edema caused by animal protein starvation.  At the same time, others may suffer from depression, as well as many other anxiety issues and psychological problems.  Unfortunately, every one of these ailments may be directly liked to the biochemistry of animal proteins and proper nutrition.

That said, many people have achieved an enormous amount of benefit from these diets. Adopting a primarily vegetarian diet may cause your allergies to go away and your high blood pressure to move into a normal range.  In some cases, you may find that adapting yourself slowly to a vegetarian diet makes a difference by helping your body to adapt gradually to the lack of animal proteins.  This will help prevent cravings, as well as other health-related issues.

Plant Protein Substitutes

Even though strictly vegetarian diets may have certain risk factors, they can still be helpful for anyone that wants to reduce meat consumption.  By studying these diets, you’ll learn a great deal about plant proteins, and how they compare to animal ones.  In many cases, you may even be able to cut your meat consumption by 70 – 80%, which can save you a lot of money at the grocery store.  That said, you’ll need to make sure that you follow food suggestions very carefully to ensure that you receive enough protein from plant sources.

While you may have to buy a number of different plant-based foods to substitute for meat, most of them are fairly cheap.  For example, kidney beans, lentils, and chickpeas are great sources of protein that can be purchased cheaply in dry weight bags.  If you place these items in a crock pot or simply set them to boil on a weekend, you’ll be able to create delicious, filling soups that will last all week long.

Protein Drinks

Chances are, if you visit the health section of a department store, you’ll see all kinds of protein drinks and snacks.  In some cases, these formulations are for body builders or others who participate in athletic events.  Unfortunately, these supplements aren’t very effective as meat substitutes.  The proteins and amino acids found in these products are typically only dedicated to a specific set of bodily systems, while you need a more complete set of proteins to address every area of your health.

If you want to save money on food, substituting plant-based proteins for animal ones can help you achieve this goal.  Aside from eating foods that may be healthier for you, it will also give you a chance to take advantage of a number of sales.  For example, when your supermarket puts dried beans on sale, you can stock up, knowing that they won’t go bad any time soon.  Combined with the already lower prices of plant-based protein sources, you’ll wind up saving a bundle off your grocery store bill.

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