Eating More Whole Grains and Plant Protein
Recently, I participated in a healthy eating challenge. I feel my eating habits are generally quite good, but there is always room for improvement. The challenge went for 4 weeks, and each week there was a different focus. The first week was to try to eat 5, ½ cup servings of fruit or vegetables each day. This one was easy for me. Other weeks focused on consuming plant protein such as nuts and legumes, and another on trying to incorporate more whole grains.
The challenge served as inspiration. I created this recipe for
Sesame Garbanzo Quinoa Salad
. Quinoa is a whole grain. 1 cup has 24 grams of protein compared to 1 cup of white rice which has 4.3 grams. The garbanzo beans and peanuts are also great sources of protein. I found it great as a side dish but also made meals of it for lunches. It's flavorful, filling, fresh tasting and crunchy delicious. Click
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