I’m Katie Adams, a registered dietitian with
Decathlon Club part of Western Athletic Clubs. As a vegetarian, it is really important to
make sure you get enough protein. Protein is what helps build muscle and it helps keep
you full. Plant protein such as beans and legumes are really good sources of protein.
Nuts, nut butters and low-far or non-fat dairy products also contain protein. It is important
for vegetarians to consume grains with all of their plant proteins to make sure they
are getting all of the amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
Examples are peanut butter and toast, beans and rice and tofu and pasta. Animal proteins
contain some vitamins and minerals that plant proteins don’t such as vitamin B6 and B12.
It is important to make sure you take a vitamin supplement of B6 or B12 if you’re vegetarian
to make sure that you’re getting all of the essential nutrients your body needs. I’m Katie
Adams, a registered dietitian with Decathlon Club and that is how vegetarians can consume