Spill It Sunday [The Protein Edition]

Whereas last week’s Spill It Sunday featuring fats was right up my alley I’ll have to say protein might not rank quite as high. But I just had to ‘meinen Senf dazugeben’* which I’m sure Arman will approve of – or better yet: add my two cents for all non-German readers – in anyway. Following up my discovery of how much blogging has changed my ability to write longer texts this post has actually gotting wordier than I’d previously assumed. Not adding any more words I’ll keep the intro short and jump right in.

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*literally translates as ‘add my mustard’  – a condiment I actually neither like nor have at hand so I’m glad we can agree on the two cents 😉

1. What is your favourite protein source?

All the beans. It’s funny because I never noticed it until I started blogging and consequently taking pictures of my food. Apparently I automatically shifted my diet to include more legumes since going vegetarian and then mostly vegan. Right now I’m vegan with benefits meaning I include dairy in my diet when I feel like it but I hardly ever truly long for it. If we’re talking chickpeas, on the other hand, craving is the very best term to describe it. Luckily, my stomach agrees for the most part not letting me experience any major musical effects 😉 [TWSS]. Obviously I’m no expert here but I think this might have to do with my digestion getting used to the amounts of legumes after changing my diet to mostly plant-based.

2. What is your favourite meat (If you eat it)

Any kind of meat that’s still able to run around 😉 . Especially chicken, Arman.

3. Which protein receives unfair flack? Which protein is most overrated?

Not exactly one that receives flack but with the recent popularity of Whole30 I feel legumes have gotten a little less loving than before. And if you’ve read my answer to #1 than you can see why that makes me shed a tear or two. Then again: more chickpeas and peanut butter for me, right!?

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Most overrated – from a vegetarian standpoint – would be meat. But I’m not intolerant like that and think it’s everybody’s choice to eat meat or not. So my actual answer for most overrated is protein powder. Yes, I do use it in my recipes every now and then for a little nutritional boost but I don’t rely on it. Seeing some people chug multiple protein shakes a day instead of proper meals seems a little excessive for me. In my opinion, normal protein needs can easily be met by just eating real food. Keep in mind, however, that I’m neither an expert nor a professional athlete the latter of which might have higher protein needs that they find easier to meet by supplementing – not replacing – their meals with protein powders 

4. Link up a favourite protein rich recipe (it can be your own or another bloggers!)

Going with my answer to the first question I could easily link to dozens of great chickpea or other legume recipes. Making use of protein’s good reputation I like sneaking it into elsewise not-so-nutritious recipes so I’ll go with sweet treats in disguise :): my crispy protein peanut bars.

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5. What is YOUR perception of this macronutrient?

I like protein, yes, but I feel it’s overrated and I was glad to see Robyn as a nutritionist agrees because yes, I like to have the expert ‘okay’. We need a balance of all macronutrients so when I see others counting their protein intake trying to reach 100+ grams a day and swapping protein shakes for ‘real’ meals – that’s taking it too far in my opinion.  Egg white scrambles for breakfast, cottage cheese as a snack, protein powder pudding as a ‘treat’ – not for me, thanks. If we were talking about Quest bars, however, that’s one protein snack I feel I could get on board with 😉 …

6. What benefits does PROTEIN play in YOUR personal eating habits?

The idea that protein was the best and most important nutrient as well most saturating hasn’t proven to be true for me yet. Just because it doesn’t do much for me, though, is not to say I didn’t believe others when they put their focus on protein. We’re all different and it’s great to learn from each other’s experiences. I know that to keep me truly satisfied my meals have to contain fat and carbs with protein playing a minor role. However, there are times when I can tell a little more protein might do me well and I’ll likely never tire of yogurt bowls [Greek or soy yogurt mixed with coconut flour – try it!].

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If you’re daring or just feeling like a little strange but good action: add mashed chickpeas to the above mix. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried this sweet and savoury combination.

Now I’m curious to hear your stance on protein!

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