I decided I wanted to add an educational feature on my blog to educate you little bundles of joy about nutrition Specifically nutrition for those of us that don’t live at home, are broke, spend most of the day studying or in class, and tend to have alcohol take up most of your days calories. First let me tell you I am not a nutritionist, but I did study it when studying personal training and I took it in college. Oh and I got an A so that must count for something;) In all seriousness, I have struggled metabolically with PCOS and have finally come to terms with a lifestyle that will help me. I hope that sharing some basic nutrition knowledge will help all my fitties reach and maintain their goals!
Today lets talk about the ever exciting complete protein. (Vegetarians and vegans listen up!!)
You might be thinking isn’t all protein complete? What makes in incomplete. My protein powder completes me and that’s all I’ll ever need. Well, a complete protein is a protein that contains and adequate proportion of all 9 essential amino acids. In order to be considered a complete protein there cant even be one amino acid group missing.
Complete Protein examples:
Incomplete proteins examples:
But but beans are protein and so are seeds. Yes, grasshopper this is true. However most seeds, nuts, and beans alone are not complete proteins. But if you find a special friend for these incomplete proteins they can become complete:)
Rice and beans= Great success!!! Complete protein
Hummas and Pitta= Celebrate! Love at first sight! Complete protein
Here are some basic rules for finding friends for you incomplete proteins.
- Grains with Legumes
- Nuts with Legumes
- Grains with Dairy
- Dairy with Seeds
- Legumes with Seeds
Now lets get to the whole broke college kid aspect of this.
Even if you are not a vegetarian you can admit that meat is expensive. Going grocery shopping can be the worst part of your week paying up to $100 on food. ( sure do miss that meal plan now don’t you). If you compare prices to vegetarian complete proteins to that of meat you will be amazed! 11 servings of rice and beans cost only 4 doll hairs!!!! 11 servings! I am not trying to tell you to give up meat, but rather supplement your meat based diet with more vegetarian protein options. You will be amazed at how much money you save!