Of course one of my first blog posts was going to be about meatballs- an Italian classic and American staple. There are so many amazing and delicious meatball recipes and I wanted to share my favorite with you. This meatball dish strays a little from the conventional form you might find on a menu. It’s made from chickpeas, quinoa, and a bunch of other nutritious goodies. These go great with my marinara pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese! Combining all of these would be perfect if you’re having date night with your significant other or want to make two meals and eat them both yourself (like I sometimes do)!
There are so many nutrients in this recipe and I cannot wait to share them with you! Don’t forget to keep reading past the ingredients and instructions!
Chop up that onion!
Sauté and add your seasonings!
Shape those little puppies
Sprinkle some nutritional yeast on them
- Servings: 5
- Calories: 220
- Protein: 45g
- Carbohydrate: 143g
- Dietary fiber: 34g
- Added Sugars: 0g
Alpha Linoleic Acid
Alpha Linolenic Acid is the scientific name for omega-3 fatty acid, which you’ve probably heard before! They become a part of our phospholipid membranes (the lipid bilayer of our cells) as well as have many various roles in our body. It’s an essential fatty acid, meaning our bodies don’t produce a sufficient amount. In order to have an adequate amount in our bodies, we have to consume it through our diet! It has amazing benefits including:
- Amazing for hair, skin, and nails
- Combat obesity
- Decrease levels of depression
- Heart disease
- Decrease inflammation
Although many people will recommend fish oil as a source of omega-3 fatty acid, there are many equivalent vegan sources such as algae, hemp seed, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, and olive oil.
- DNA and RNA reproduction
- Decrease oxidative stress
- Support a healthy metabolism by acting as cofactors (assist in metabolic processes)
- In turn, protects against diseases such as cancer
- Cell membrane structure
- Helps with blood clotting
- Promotes heart health by keeping calcium from depositing in artery walls
- Promotes bone health by contributing to the formation of bone matrix
Folate (Vitamin B9)
- Support a healthy metabolism by acting as co-enzymes (assist enzymes which, in turn, catalyze metabolic processes) in carbohydrate synthesis and degradation
- In turn supports all of our systems
- An essential nutrient for pregnant women
Protein is primarily digested in our stomachs by an enzyme named pepsin. When we begin to eat food, our stomach begins to secrete hydrochloric acid so that when the food hits our stomach, hydrochloric acid can begin to break it down. Hydrochloric acid, in turn, activates pepsinogen and converts it to pepsin (its active form). Pepsin breaks down protein in our stomachs. Thus, when we have an ample amount of protein in our diet, it delays gastric emptying, our food moving to the small intestine, because it takes a longer time for pepsin to break down all of the protein in our stomachs. Therefore, by having a sufficient amount of protein in our diet, we can remain full for longer.Building blocks of our bodies.
Protein is the building blocks of our bodies
The collagen for our skin, bones, and teeth are all made from protein. Additionally, the alpha keratin substance that comprises our hair and nails is also made of protein. In fact, did you know that people with curly hair have different disulfide bond arrangements in their alpha keratin structures? I know, so cool right? It’s important that we have a sufficient amount of protein in our diet so that it can perform all of the functions that it is supposed to (i.e. regenerating tissue, elongating our hair, strengthening our muscles, etc.)
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