Topic: protein

Vegan Former NBA Star John Salley Explains How Athletes Get Enough Protein Without Meat

Vegan Former NBA Star John Salley Explains How Athletes Get Enough Protein Without Meat

The Los Angeles Times just interviewed John Salley, the former NBA player (who played with the Lakers) about his vegan diet. They asked some obvious questions about his transition from vegetarianism to becoming a vegan athlete, but one of their questions was one that’s common for non-meat-eaters, whether you’re a basketball player or a first-grader: “How do you get enough protein?” Salley’s perfect answer blew us away.

As an athlete, how do you get enough protein on a vegan diet to be able to stay in such good shape? More »

Afternoon Links: Protein Shake Rules You Must Follow

Afternoon Links: Protein Shake Rules You Must Follow

• Is your “healthy” protein shake actually a calorie-laden sugar bomb? Sip the best possible shake with these rules (YouBeauty)

• The scary truth about ovarian cancer screenings that every woman should know (HuffPost Women)

• Yes, you totally can eat baked goods for breakfast–if you do it right (FitSugar)

• Why a little bit of dirt may actually be a good thing for your healthy (Intent)

• Known to overdo it on the pasta? This cool kitchen tool can help you keep your portions in check (The Frisky)

• Wait…why DO women love to cut their hair in times of transition? (Divine Caroline)

10 Healthy Sources Of Protein…That Aren’t Meat

10 Healthy Sources Of Protein...That Aren't Meat

Since going vegetarian, I’ve had to get resourceful about making sure I got healthy and adequate sources of protein. And you know what? It’s not as hard as you might think to get this macronutrient from different plant-based sources. As a general rule of thumb, you need 0.4 grams of protein per body weight each day (so a 150-pound person would need roughly 60 grams). This helps to ensure a healthy muscle mass, immune system, and heart and respiratory functions. Even if you’re a meat-eater, take a look at these 10 meat-free ways to get your protein each day and be inspired to try something new:
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Gaining Weight Vs. Gaining Fat: Protein Makes A Difference

Gaining Weight Vs. Gaining Fat: Protein Makes A Difference

It’s the calories, stupid? Well, kind of. Time’s Healthland blog is heralding a ‘clever new study’ from Pennington Biomedical Research Center as evidence that popular diets centered on decreasing carbs or increasing protein are bunk—it’s really just calorie counts that matter. But a little examination shows that’s not quite what researchers found. While overeating will lead to weight gain regardless of where the calories come from, a diet high in protein seems better for warding off body fat. The composition of your diet does make a difference. More »

How To Get Enough Fat-Burning, Health-Boosting Protein (Even If You’re Vegan)

How To Get Enough Fat-Burning, Health-Boosting Protein (Even If You're Vegan)

If you think you’re just one of those people who doesn’t need protein, think again: Protein is essential for immunity, maintaining healthy body composition, blood sugar balance, tissue healing and repair, muscle growth and for the production of hormones, chemical messengers and digestive enzymes in the body. Without protein, your body can’t properly make collagen to heal the skin; serotonin, dopamine and melatonin to boost mood and improve sleep, growth hormone for repair of body tissues and to slow down aging, digestive enzymes to prevent bloating and indigestion and antibodies to prevent infection. More »

Meatless Monday: 10 Protein-Packed Vegan Breakfast Recipes (Hold the Bacon)

Meatless Monday: 10 Protein-Packed Vegan Breakfast Recipes (Hold the Bacon)

If you’re used to eating meat, Meatless Mondays can leave you feeling protein-deprived if you don’t know which foods to eat. But starting the day with a protein-rich breakfast will make going vegetarian (or even vegan) a lot more enjoyable. Thankfully, you don’t have to ingest a million strips of unhealthy soy bacon to get some meat-free protein before noon; we found ten protein-packed vegan breakfast recipes to keep you going till lunch. More »

The Vegetarian High-Protein, Low-Carb Experiment: A Cautionary Tale

The Vegetarian High-Protein, Low-Carb Experiment: A Cautionary Tale

I’ve been a vegetarian since 1995, and while it ain’t easy (I’m not earning any brownie points with popular society it seems), it’s never been too hard, either. There have been very few instances where I could eat nothing on a restaurant menu. And despite what the proudly misinformed carnivores will tell you, I’m not deficient in any vitamins, minerals, or nutrients.

However, when I began to increase my physical training and lift heavier weights (20 lbs for biceps, 30 lbs for back, 35 lbs for legs), it was recommended to me that I try a high-protein low-carb diet. I’m not a fan of doing a diet like this long-term (the scientific data is there: We need carbs. Our brains function on them!), but for a mere two weeks in order to maximize my results in a short period of time, the damage would essentially be minimal and reversible, if any.

So I decided to give it a go. But looking online for high-protein, low-carb meal plans for vegetarians proved more difficult than I originally estimated. Almost all of them suggest fish, poultry, or good ol’ steak. Blech. More »

Egg Whites vs. Eggs Yolks? Nutritionist Lauren Slayton Cracks the Health Pros and Cons

Egg Whites vs. Eggs Yolks? Nutritionist Lauren Slayton Cracks the Health Pros and Cons

Lately we’ve been debating the pros and cons of egg whites and egg yolks around the Blisstree offices, so we thought we’d ask our resident nutritionist, Lauren Slayton of Foodtrainers, to crack the code for us. We thought we knew all about the egg’s health benefits, but it turns out we’ve just been running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Blisstree: Health-wise, which are better for you: Egg whites or egg yolks? (We know yolks have more calories and fat than whites.)

Lauren Slayton: I can’t say which are technically “better,” but I see no reason to shun the yolk. If you do, it’s probably a vestige of fat phobia. More »

Kashi Cereal Has the Protein of an Egg. So What?

Kashi Cereal Has the Protein of an Egg. So What?

Kashi’s cold breakfast cereal drives a hard sales campaign, promising the protein of an egg from a bowl of its cereal (see above). But is this clever and appealing sales pitch really all that meaningful? Not according to writer Alisa Bowman, who notes that eggs don’t really contain that much protein. In fact, an extra-large egg only contains six grams of protein, the same amount found in an ounce of raw almonds. Though Kashi’s cereal is a better nutritional bet than, say, Captain Crunch, it’s still not exactly giving you a major morning protein boost. More »

6 Mini-Meals For a Mini-Me? Not Necessarily

6 Mini-Meals For a Mini-Me? Not Necessarily

Check out this post from Martha Edwards on That’s Fit.

Many experts suggest that breaking the usual three square meals into several small meals throughout the day will help keep hunger at bay and energy levels high, ultimately leading to a few less pounds on the scale. Hey, it worked for Jennifer Hudson. But a recent study suggests that larger meals might trump mini-meals when it comes to losing weight. More »