I’m Vegetarian; How Can I Get More Protein in My Life

It’s difficult being a vegetarian sometimes. Although I’m not a vegetarian, I can sympathize with the limitations that people have as far as protein choices. But meats, poultry and fish are not the only sources of protein out there. Expand your horizons and try new things.

I’ve written at length about the benefits and protein content of Quinoa. Spirulina is another obscure source for protein that most people wouldn’t ordinarily consider. Everyone knows eggs are a good source however I have some clients that cannot eat egg either for cultural/religious reasons or because they believe that the egg is also a meat product. But hey, it’s not the end of the world. Protein is essential for fat loss and muscle repair and it can be obtained if you know where to find it.
This brings me to today’s source of protein…Cottage Cheese. Cottage Cheese is often overlooked as a food source and is the last thing on most people’s mind when protein is considered, however cottage cheese carries a whopping 26 to 30g of protein per cup. That’s a lot when you consider that milk has only 8g of  protein per cup, a large egg contains about 6.5g of protein and when you consume only the egg white it’s about 3.5g of protein per egg.

Many people are turned off by the look or the consistency of cottage cheese. The curds tend to play tricks on people’s mind, giving them the illusion that it’s somehow not tasty. Cottage cheese is actually quite tasty and if you know the right things to do with it, you can make it into a fantastic and healthy dish.

Cottage Cheese works great for breakfast and can be mixed with fruits and spices to make an very tasty treat. It can be added to lettuce wraps with vegetables. But cottage cheese isn’t only for vegetarians. Often times, many bodybuilders use cottage cheese to lean up for competition. The reason being is that cottage cheese is low fat, low sugar and high in protein. It can be added to numerous meat dishes as well in place of other, less healthy creams and dips.

Next time you’re in the supermarket, have a second look at cottage cheese and think of the wonders it can do for your waistline.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions or your own personal input in the comments section below.

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

One Response to I’m Vegetarian; How Can I Get More Protein in My Life

  1. Pingback: Funny Fitness Fridays Episode3: When I Grow Up I Want to be a Vegetarian « Bangkok Personal Trainer

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