Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the nutrients vitally important for our body. We need all of these substances daily, in order to function properly and grow normally.
Proteins are required for the production and normal functioning of all cells and tissues in the body. These nutrients are also known as building blocks of the human organism, since they play a significant role in the building and strengthening of the muscles. Immune and hormonal systems of the body need an adequate amount of proteins every day.
There is no question about the benefits of proteins in the everyday diet. Although, some still question the vegetarian way of life, claiming it doesn’t provide enough proteins, there is a rich source of proteins in vegetables and fruits. So, there is no reason to worry that someone on a vegetarian diet is not getting the proper amount of nutrients.
Soy and Cow Milk
Soy milk, tofu or some other soy products are found to be extremely rich in proteins, dietary fibers and vitamin B. Vegans can consume soy products and for all other vegetarians there is milk and dairy products, such as low fat milk, yogurt or cottage cheese, as the great sources of proteins in their meals.
Vegetables and Fruits
Asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endives, lettuce and spinach contain plenty of proteins (among all other beneficial nutrients) and can be used as sources of proteins in the vegetarian meals. Carrots, cucumbers, celery, sweet corns, dandelion and mustard greens, beets and beetgreens can also be used for the same purpose, since they are rich in vegetable proteins. Also, onion, squash and tomatoes, frequently used in everyday dishes will provide you with plenty of proteins, regardless if you are a vegetarian or not.
Beans and Grains
Beans, of all kinds, such as, black-eye, southern, kidney, Lima, mung, pinto, navy beans and etc, are all good sources of nutrition. All these types of beans, prepared in almost any way will provide you with plenty of proteins useful for your body.
Rice, white or brown, wheat flour (whole grain or white) and buckwheat flour used in the kitchen will also add significant amount of proteins to your meals. Oat bran, raw or cooked is another useful source of proteins as well.