I hope you remember I have gone on a quest to find the best sources of vegan+budget friendly+ simple +basic protein-packed foods-
So far in this category-
And more- scroll and find something you like, or don’t. whatever.
Anyway- at the top of the non-industrialized vegan high volume proteins stands the simplest food you’d think.
Yep- the ones from Charlie Brown and his oh so much smarter than him dog Snoopy. (yep that was a flashback from the past- only for “mature” people of a certain age group).
Peanuts, apparently- are not nuts at all- the are a legume (!!!) hence the nutritional Powerball they are.
This here information is brought to you straight from Wikipedia- since- as I have mentioned time and again– I am no dietitian/health certified anything.
I am a retired lawyer, a health enthusiast, and a believer in searching the important stuff on your own, rather than obediently following whatever anyone says.
*That advice is most definitely true to anything I say too- always use your brains to assess and check the information you get.
100 grams of Peanuts pack :
21 grams of carbs
0 grams of sugar (yay!!)
9 grams of fiber
48 (!!) grams of fat (…….)
25 (!!!!!) grams of protein (people- you need to get really excited here if you are vegan. also if you are not- since this is the amount of protein 100 grams of meat packs! (well ok- meat holds 26 grams, not 25- but you get the picture).
By the way- when I say meat- I do not include chicken- since chicken breast packs 31 grams of protein in 100 grams- hence all the youtube videos of athletes cooking chicken breast.
Also- peanuts are packed with vitamins B 1+2+3, +E+folate+ minerals such as magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
unlike meat- which requires cooking and saucing and tendering and generally a nice amount of fuss over-
Just, you know- peel them.
Oh and compost the shells they are great for the soil.
Another obvious Bam?
And another Bam?
The price difference.
Tried to show you the difference- all I found for reference is brittish rump steaks from whole foods -16 $ for 1 kilo, and 5 pounds of peanuts from amazon- for the same price.
But- to be fair- you need to remember that peanuts contain quite a high amount of fat per 100 grams- 48 grams- hence all that peanut butter thing. (this results in 567 calories per 100 grams. yep, ouch.
Meat holds only 3.5 grams of fat, 143 calories, and no carbs at all- just being transparent here is all.
That being said- you are all aware that -generally speaking of course- many people cook their meat using fat-so the end result might be much closer to the fat content in them peanuts.
I am not about to ramble about veganism- this is a choice people should make after carefully contemplating the pros and cons by themselves, and I’ve found that “make good food, not war” works better in my household.
They really like my tofu stirfry, vegan oatmeal cookies, banana ice cream, and many other vegan staples.
Though- maybe- if you are a meat lover- and feel you need to cut down on expenses or time spent cooking or whatever- you can swap a few peanuts for that meat- just from time to time. see how it works for you.
Again- don’t forget the high amount of calories that sadly accompany the peanut munch, so don’t go nuts here.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.