Today I am going to talk about protein and, most importantly, tofu! What exactly is Tofu? Tofu, or bean curd, is a popular food derived from soya. It is made by curdling fresh soya milk, pressing it into a solid block and then cooling it – in much the same way that traditional dairy cheese is made by curdling and solidifying milk (BBC Good Food). According to BBC Good Food, 100 g of tofu contains 70 kcal, 3.5 g of fat, 1.5 g of carbs, 8.2 g of protein, and 0.9 g of fiber.
I like to eat tofu for dinner and cook it with a lot of vegetables. This way I get a lot of protein as well as healthy veggies. To make a Tofu Stir Fry you need:
1/2 pack of firm tofu
1 red bell pepper
1/2 zucchini squash
10 white mushrooms
Coconut oil spray
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder for taste
This recipe is pretty easy. Start with cutting tofu into small cubes and drying it with paper towel to get rid of excess water. Spray your pan with coconut oil spray and cook tofu until brown. Cut up your veggies and add them to tofu. Cook everything until veggies get soft and then add salt, pepper, and garlic powder for taste.
Your dinner is ready! Being vegetarian is not just about avoiding meat, it’s also about making healthy choices and eating well 🙂
Why did you decide to go vegetarian? Where do you get your protein? How do you have enough energy to workout? Do you feel tired? These are just some of the questions that I hear when I tell people that I decided to go vegetarian. In this post I am going to answer the most important question: Why Vegetarian?
Why Vegetarian? I’ve been playing tennis my whole life. I played three Fed Cups for my country, numerous ITF and WTA tournaments, was ranked as high as #26 in the nation in singles and #12 in doubles in Division 1 college tennis, and recently graduated with MA degree in Global Sustainability. I am currently engaged to my amazing fiancé, live in Los Angeles, and work as an Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Loyola Marymount University for my former USF coach Agustin Moreno.
So Why Vegetarian? I learned about how animals are being killed in slaughter houses, how cows are crying when they are being taken to get slaughtered, how workers remove identification tags by mutilating live cow’s ears, how animals are being tortured before they die, and I decided that no animal deserves to die that terrible death so a couple of humans can have meat for dinner.
There are also some great benefits that come from not eating meat. According to Vegetarian Times, there are a couple of great reasons why one should go vegetarian:
You’ll keep your weight down. Yes! It’s true, you can actually lose some weight if you stop eating meat. I know that there are a lot of people who gain weight when they go vegetarian, but it’s only because they turn to junk food instead of eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains that are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
You’ll live longer. According to Vegetarian Times, “if you switch from the standard American diet to a vegetarian diet, you can add about 13 healthy years to your life.”
You’ll reduce pollution. Meat industry is having some devastating effects on our environment. By switching to vegetarian diet you will contribute to reducing that terrible pollution and saving our world!
If you have time, check out videos of Dr. Reese Halter, vegan, Earth Doctor, and award-winning broadcaster and voice for ecology. His videos are truly inspiring and calling to action, action to save our world!