Fall is approaching. The weather is cooling down & the kids are back to school. Workouts migrate outside to embrace the cooler temps & the vibrant scenery. All of these things bring me to my favorite seasonal ingredient to use – PUMPKIN! Pumpkin is chock full of vitamins and is very low calorie. Vitamin A, potassium and antioxidant rich. Plus vitamin C & fiber which help promote a healthy blood pressure & heart. So many benefits in this vibrant-colored ingredient. Plus along with everything else that grows, it has protein. Protein! Never has one ingredient been so controversial for people. If you’re vegan like me – the typical question is… “Where do you get your protein?” to “How much is necessary in a diet?”
How Much Protein Do I Need?
The US Department of Agriculture recommends that all men and women over the age of 19 should get at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day (or 0.37 grams per pound). That means a woman who is 130 pounds should get at least 48 grams of protein but some recommend 70-80 grams if you’re athletic. Depending on your daily activities, you still may not be getting enough to help your muscles recover from your workouts.
If you get too little protein, you can suffer from fatigue, weakness or muscle loss. Your metabolism slows down and you put yourself at risk of gaining weight. It also weakens your immune system. This breakfast can be made ahead on the weekend so that you can refrigerate or freeze them and defrost as needed. Plus this makes a perfect quick & healthy breakfast for your kids too. And let’s face it… homemade trumps store-bought daily. These are vegan & gluten free.
— Knead to Cook