5 protein-rich foods you can add to your vegan diet to lose weight

The recent wave of veganism has now hit home, prompting many people, including celebrities, to switch to a vegan diet. Veganism, broadly defined, means abstinence from all animal products. Even milk of animal origin is prohibited; and it extends to milk products like curd and cheese. Besides limiting food options, someone who has switched to a vegan diet may also struggle to fill up on protein, which is essential for a healthy body. Protein induces satiety and is excellent for propelling the weight loss process. If you’ve also embraced veganism but are struggling to lose weight, we’ve listed some protein-rich vegan foods you can include in your diet.

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Here are 5 protein-rich vegan foods for weight loss:

1. Lenses

With different varieties of dal at our disposal, we can never get tired of eating dal every day. Each variety of dal contains plenty of fiber and protein, along with their distinct flavors. So, make it a point to consume different types of dals as often as possible. here is a list of 15 dal recipes you can try.

Lentils are an excellent source of protein, fiber and other nutrients
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2.Tofu

Tofu is made from soy milk; therefore, it is considered the best alternative to cottage cheese (paneer). You can cook a variety of dishes with tofu. Toss diced tofu pieces into salads, season them and stuff them into your sandwiches or make snacks like tikka (like paneer tikka).

3. Green peas

Green peas (or matar, as we call it) are packed with protein and other essential nutrients like vitamin D and manganese. Peas are also rich in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids, making them an essential food for a healthy diet. Here is some healthy ways to add matar to your diet.

4. Beans

It’s a good thing that you don’t have to go without your favorite meals of rajma-chawal and chole-chawal in the vegan diet. What’s even better is that these beans are packed with protein, fiber, and amino acids. What a delicious way to put weight loss in motion.

5. Chia seeds

These small seeds are rich in nutrition. Chia seeds are low in calories and high in protein, making them the perfect addition to your vegan diet. Add them to your smoothies, salads and trail mixes. Chia seeds add just the right amount of health, flavor and crunch to your meals.

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Chia seeds are loaded with protein that can help with weight loss
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Protein has been and always will be one of the most important nutrients the body needs for healthy weight loss. Be sure to get plenty of protein-rich foods in your vegan diet.

(This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It is not a substitute for qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim any responsibility for this information.)

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