Greetings from New York City! I am in town for a few days attending the BlogHer '12 conference with my dear friend JL of JL Goes Vegan and having a blast!
I got into town Thursday afternoon, checked into my hotel and decided to take a stroll around Midtown. Oh, how I love New York! I stopped in at a cute cafe for a quick bite. The beet salad sounded awesome, so I ordered it, "hold the cheese".
The salad was not only beautiful, it was delicious! When finished, the waiter brought the check and I noticed it said "Beet Salad No Protein".
What? No cheese means no protein? Hmmm... that doesn't sound right. A quick Google search "back of the envelope" math revealed that my salad, without the cheese, contained about 8 grams of protein.
Per the standard calculation for recommended protein intake, someone my size requires 45 grams daily. That means that my little beet salad ("no protein") actually contained almost 20 percent of my protein requirement for the day.
As a vegan, I am constantly bombarded with questions about how I can possibly get enough protein. It is unfortunate that there is such a misconception about protein, where it comes from and how much is needed. It is actually pretty easy to get your recommended daily allowance of protein, even without consuming animal products.
I think the next time someone asks me how I get my protein I am going to take that receipt out and walk them through my little math exercise!
How about you? How do you answer the protein question?