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Protein Packed Treats

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina - Protein Packed Treats

This event was on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Explore the world of protein-enriched treats with Chef Fran Costigan and Registered Dietitian Vesanto Melina in an insightful discussion that strikes a harmonious balance between fla… Read More.



T. Colin Campbell suggests 10-15% fat. I'm asking because I don't eat meat so I'm trying to follow a low-fat whole foods diet.?

— Traci Pichette


If you're not eating meat, you don't have to worry. That's what I would say. Brenda and I worked with Dean Ornish on Um-huh you know, reversing heart disease decades ago we were dieticians in those heart disease reversal. And we, that's when I learned that lettuce has 10% calories from fat. So what you want is plant foods, um, avoid the nuts and seeds or really limit them and go for the ones that have some omega three fatty acids like the fla flap, flax and hemp and gia. You know, those are, those are good ones to include. And then you're, you're keeping your brain going, but you don't have much fat. And remember, the legumes are really low in fat, typically. Now chickpeas go up to 15% calories from fat and soy foods have about the same as animal products sort of in the forties percent calories from fat. So different. It's healthy. I'm still laughing about the lettuce thing because when I get asked, you know, I'm a dessert person. I'm, yeah, that's my specialty. I happen to be a very good savory cook and I like to cook too. And I can eat desserts because over my shoulder, those are all beans and I always have produce and so on. But I always say to people who are like, where do you get your protein? You know, that old, where do you get your protein? I'm, there's protein in lettuce. And now I can tell you Vesanto said so too.
Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina