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Vegetarian? Add Protein To Your Diet With These Everyday Foods

A lot of vegetarians have a common concern around protein intake. However, many don't know that a lot of vegetarian food options can help them fulfil ...
Published -15 Jan 2019, 12:42 ISTUpdated -15 Jan 2019, 13:50 IST
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  • Published -15 Jan 2019, 12:42 ISTUpdated -15 Jan 2019, 13:50 IST
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vegetarian protein food options

Our body needs loads of protein to function well. Protein is essential for the proper growth and functioning of our body. It helps our body work well in the long run. We need a high protein diet to build stronger muscles and maintain our weight too. A lot of people believe that the majority of protein sources available are animals. This is a common concern among vegetarians but they don't actually look for vegetarian protein sources. Yes, some vegetarian foods can be great sources of protein too. 

Lentils 

One of the most common foods in Indian households, lentils are a great source of protein. They contain a good amount of nutrients too. Lentils or dals have around 18 grams of protein per cup and can be consumed in different ways like soups and khichdi. Just consuming a bowl of freshly prepared dal is also a great idea to fuel your body with protein. Lentils are rich in fiber and help you maintain your weight. 

Green Peas

green peas protein for vegetarians

Another vegetarian food that is rich in protein is green peas. A cup of green peas contains 9 grams of protein. Green peas can be cooked as a proper dish or combined with other veggies like carrots, potatoes, and cauliflower and consumed with chapatis. It can also be added to dal, soup or khichdi.

Oats

oats for protein for vegetarians

Oats are delicious and eating them is the best way to consume vegetarian protein. Oats provide your body with around 12 grams of protein. From eating a bowl of oatmeal to adding it to your burgers and bars, oats can be consumed in different ways. Oats have a lot of fiber and are a great food option if you wish to lose weight quickly. Oats are also rich in calcium, magnesium and B vitamins which are essential for our body.

Chia Seeds

chia seeds protein for vegetarians

You must have heard a lot of people talking about chia seeds these days but do you know why? These little seeds are loaded with protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. With around 6 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber, chia seeds are highly beneficial for your body. You can add them to a glass of water and drink it through the day. They can also be added to your smoothies and puddings to make them more healthy. 

Spinach

spinach protein for vegetarians

Your body gets around 5 grams of protein per cup of spinach you consume. Spinach is a delicious green leafy veggie that is loaded with protein. Green leafy vegetables are recommended to everyone to maintain a healthy body. You can add spinach to your sandwiches, burgers, soups or just consume it as a sabzi with chapati. 

Almonds

almonds protein for vegetarians

Did you know that fueling your body with protein is as easy as munching a handful of almonds? Yes, almonds are great sources of protein. Almonds are great sources of fiber and healthy fats too. Through the years we have been hearing the numerous benefits of consuming almonds. Try to consume them unblanched as you get maximum benefits that way.  

Read More: Consume Almonds Daily To Prevent Cancer, Lower Your Cholesterol And More

A lot of dairy products like yogurt, soy milk, and cottage cheese are also believed to be good sources of protein. They can be added to your diet in different ways. Now stop worrying about the lack of protein in your body and start adding these vegetarian protein food options to your diet.

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