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                Lentils! It’s a great way to get in your protein! I’ve been considering becoming a vegetarian again due to the high amount of hormones being injected into our animals and not to mention how terribly they are treated! Out of all the diets I’ve tried in the past (Going completely raw, gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian) I have to say that I felt the healthiest when I was a vegetarian. I was thinner, my blood work was immaculate, and I felt more alert.

When I first became a vegetarian I was always asked, “How do you get enough protein in your diet?” and told, “You’re going to become anemic!”  It’s amazing how once you tell someone you’re a vegan/vegetarian they automatically become a dietitian and discipline you on the amount of protein you should consume in your diet. NEWS FLASH protein is a huge misconception in today’s society. There are plenty of ways to get enough protein in your diet without meat. This particular dish gives you 13 grams of protein and 20% of your daily value of Iron in just one cup of lentils alone! When you add in the kale the nutritional benefits increase. I guarantee you’ll have more than just one serving. Best soup I’ve had in a while.

You have to be creative. Being a vegetarian/vegan shouldn’t be dismissed because you’re worried you won’t get enough protein. Knowledge is power! Once you read up on adequate amounts of protein needed for your height, weight, and age group I’m sure you’d be surprised how doable this diet it.

Ingredients

  • Lentils
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Chicken broth