Food Pharmacy, Therese Elgquist

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Plant-Based Protein (part 1)

Our dear friend Therese Elgquist is not only a star in the kitchen, she’s also an expert on plant-based protein. Her book, The New Green Protein (only available in Swedish), recently hit the shelves. And since many of you ask about protein deficiency, we thought it was time for a new series: (yup, you guessed it) plant-based protein. Naturally, we asked Therese for help. The stage is yours, Therese!

The thing about protein

I’m crazy about nutrient-dense, plant-based food. I’m not kidding. I’m like obsessed with cooking and talking about different vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, leafy greens. And the list goes on and on.

One of the first things people ask me when I tell them I’m crazy about vegetarian food is “what about protein?”. Most people are accustomed to getting protein from meat, and they’re concerned about getting the adequate amount from plant-based foods. Well, there are tons of protein-packed vegetarian options. And I decided to write a book about it.

There is a common misconception that protein is only obtainable from animals foods, and that our bodies need A LOT to function well. Yes, getting enough protein is essential, but most people get way more than they actually need. So, once and for all, let’s straighten things out. I will provide you with all the information you need about plant-based protein. But first, I’d like to tell you about my food philosophy:

Food is fuel

Biologically, all living things need to eat to survive. And our bodies need a variety of nutrients to function and thrive. We can eat to satisfy an immediate hunger – in this case, what foods we eat is less important – or we can eat to boost our health and well-being, both today and tomorrow. While still satisfying that hunger, of course.

Being aware of what you eat, why you eat it, and how the food you eat affect how you feel – both physically and mentally – can help you make better and more active food choices. This way, you’ll get tasty and delicious food, and a happy body, mind and soul.

A plant-based diet will provide your body with lots of protein, but also vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats and carbohydrates that are kind to your body. And in most cases, plant-based foods are incredibly nutrient dense foods. Yay!

In part two of our series, Therese will delve into the difference between animal protein and plant-based protein. Stay tuned!

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