When you think of calcium sources, does only diary come to mind? When you think of protein, does only animal-based proteins come to mind? There are many options out there beyond cheese and cheeseburgers. I get asked these questions when I work with a client’s food diary. This all boils down to expanding your palate, getting creative and literally thinking out of the packaged food box. Did you know that quinoa is considered to be a complete protein source? Or that kale is rich in calcium with powerful antioxidant properties? These are just a couple of examples of foods that are highly nutritious but overlooked. When I make these suggestions, clients usually are unsure on how to cook with them. The most common remark is that kale is too bitter. If this sounds like you, I challenge you to explore.
Listed below are some examples of protein and calcium sources:
For expanded definitions and nutritional properties, as well as helpful recipes, check out Yum Universe. Yum Universe was founded by master whole food, plant-based recipe developer, Heather Crosby. The website also includes other resources, such as fitness videos and lifestyle tips. Looking for cooking classes on how to cook with these “new” ingredients? Check out classes with Amanda Skrip, a natural foods educator, chef, health coach and wellness expert. I will be partnering with Amanda later this spring for an event at Whole Foods themed “Eat Like a Yogi”!
Reference: Pitchford, P., Healing With Whole Foods. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002, page 143, page 223.