Helping Your Kids Get Enough Protein on a Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarianism has become increasingly popular among America’s youth, as more parents are waking up to the health benefits of plant-based eating for their kids. The concern many parents have, however, is whether they are giving kids an adequate amount of protein for their growth when they take meat off the menu. Fortunately, plant-based protein sources, like nuts and edamame, can prevent any deficit from occurring. Here is what you need to know.

Don’t Just Remove Meat—Replace It

An important thing for parents to remember is that removing meat from their kids’ diets is just part of the equation. That meat has to be replaced with other kinds of foods. Instead of meat, kids need an alternative source of plant-based protein in its place. Serving edamame on top of a salad or tofu in place of chicken in a stir-fry are good solutions for replacing meat with something that still provides protein within a vegetarian diet plan.

Consider Complete Proteins

Complete proteins are proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids the body needs. All animal proteins are complete proteins. When it comes to plant-based proteins, edamame is a complete protein, so it’s a good food to add to your kids’ plate as both a healthy snack and a component of your meals. Other plant-based proteins aren’t complete, but they lack different amino acids. For this reason, eating a variety of plant-based proteins is necessary to get the full scope of amino acids when your meals don’t contain edamame.

Avoid Loading Up on Cheese

Parents who are worried about protein for their vegetarian kids often rely on cheese. Although cheese can have a place in a healthy eating plan, overconsumption will give your kids an excessive amount of saturated fats and calories. Balance cheese with plant-based proteins, which are lower in calories and nutritionally healthier.

Seapoint Farms offers a wide range of products to make vegetarian eating easier for kids, including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob frozen edamame and organic edamame pasta. You can find out products throughout the United States at quality grocers.

Embracing the Health Benefits of Plant-Based Protein

Protein is a staple of a healthy diet, but contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to come from meat sources. Plant-based protein can provide the nutrients you need without the cholesterol and saturated fats that are in many animal products. Whether you choose to follow a vegan diet or simply want to eat more meatless meals without compromising your protein intake, plant-based protein is a nutritional win. Here is what you need to know.

How much protein do I need each day?

Protein needs can vary between person to person for many different reasons, but generally, adults should get between 46 and 56 grams of protein per day. Most Americans actually get more than that, and typically, the majority of the protein that they do get comes from animal protein. Replacing some of that animal protein with plant protein can help with weight control and improve heart health.

What are some sources of plant-based protein?

There are multiple foods you can eat to increase your intake of plant-based proteins. Some of the best non-animal sources of protein include:

  • Beans
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Edamame
  • Tofu

These protein sources are also packed with other nutrients, including fiber, calcium, and potassium, which Americans are often lacking in their diets. By eating a variety of plant-based proteins, you can get a broad range of nutrients.

How can I add plant-based proteins to my meals and snacks?

Try replacing your usual snacks with some healthy snacks made of plant-based protein, such as edamame. Add shelled edamame to your stir-fries, or make a vegetarian chili with beans instead of meat. Tofu is an excellent substitute for meat in many meals, while topping salads with edamame instead of animal protein for a lower calorie meal that is still protein-packed.

Make Seapoint Farms edamame part of your plan to incorporate more plant-based protein into your diet. With a variety of frozen edamame options, our products are the perfect foundation for all of your recipes. Check for our edamame throughout the United States in the frozen food section of your favorite grocery store.

Boost Your Power at Snack Time with Our Fruit and Nut Blends

When it’s time for a snack, the foods you reach for can have an enormous impact on the rest of your day. If you fall victim to the lure of the office donut box, you can expect an afternoon slump to be waiting around the corner. However, if you opt for a healthy snack, like the Fruit and Nut blends from Seapoint Farms, you’ll satisfy your appetite and get the energy boost you need to get through the day.

Our Fruit and Nut blends offer the perfect mix of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to keep your hunger at bay without making you feel run down and tired. Try our Power Blend for a mix of edamame, figs, tart cherries, and coconut, our Energy Blend for a heart-healthy mix of edamame, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries, or our Harvest blend for edamame, citrus-infused cranberries, and walnuts.

At Seapoint Farms, healthy snacks are our business. You’ll find our edamame and other non-GMO, vegan foods in stores throughout the United States, so you can get your healthy snack fix from anywhere.

Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Fettuccine Caulfredo Recipe

Author: Steacy [@edamamemonster]

Ingredients:
● 1 package (7.05 oz.) Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Fettuccine cooked per instructions
● 4 cups cauliflower florets (freshly cooked or steamed from frozen)
● 1 tablespoon minced garlic
● 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice (I recommend almond or soy)
● 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
● 1 tablespoon lemon juice
● 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
● 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
● 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
● Vegetable Add-ins of choice - possibly try mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes!

Directions:
1. In a high-speed blender, add the cauliflower, garlic, milk, nutritional yeast, lemon
juice, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Blend until super smooth
sauce forms. Set aside.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add your desired amount of Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Fettuccine and boil for the time instructed on the package. Drain pasta.
3. Add cauliflower sauce into the pot (you can use the same pot!) and add the drained
Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Fettuccine!
4. Add in your favorite sautéed or roasted vegetables!

ENJOY!

Enjoy our healthy snacks on the move!

It can be a challenge to eat well on the run, especially if you’re trying to follow a low-carb or gluten-free diet. But Seapoint Farms is on a mission to make healthy snacking easy and accessible for all. Try our dry roasted edamame, which is available in large sizes and convenient, single-serving snack packs.

Just one travel-friendly snack pack of our dry roasted edamame with sea salt offers an incredible 20 grams of healthy, plant-derived protein and 12 grams of fiber. That’s enough to stabilize your blood glucose levels and keep your appetite in check for hours. Plus, edamame is a great source of monounsaturated fats, iron, and calcium. In addition to our sea salt variety, you can try our spicy wasabi or goji berry blend. Our dry roasted premium black edamame with a touch of sea salt is another popular, heart-healthy choice.

You can find our dry roasted edamame snacks around the United States in stores, airports or shop online even internationally! Seapoint Farms is committed to producing top-quality foods that are organic, vegan, and gluten-free.

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