All of us, bar none, want to look good, lose weight and feel healthier. Weight loss and health are not two mutually exclusive concepts. Let us in this article therefore examine the importance of a single nutrient, i.e. protein, in one’s weight loss journey, and explore 5 protein rich vegetarian foods that can add great results to one’s weight loss diet.
How proteins can help one lose weight naturally
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that protein is the single most important nutrient in a person’s weight loss journey. High protein vegetarian foods, among others help in boosting metabolism, reduces appetite, and changes several weight regulating hormones. Since proteins promote a sense of satiety, the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that regulates hunger), reduces the flow of hunger causing hormones, helping your body feel fuller, longer. Proteins help keep you satiated longer, and for people with diabetes in particular, proteins help keep blood sugars regulated.
What are certain protein rich vegetarian foods that can help in weight loss?
There exists a persistent myth that people with vegetarian or vegan diets do not have too many protein rich vegetarian foods to rely on. And that non-vegetarian diets are richer in protein. For starters let’s dispel that myth. Vegetarians who consume milk, do have several options including cheese, paneer, certain grains including amaranth, quinoa and others. Even vegetarians who avoid dairy, and vegans can count grains, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, groundnuts, nut milks and butters as protein rich veg / vegan foods! So there’s absolutely no need to panic about the ‘alleged’ lack of options.
That point being made however, eating healthy isn’t always the most attractive option. Traditionally ‘healthy’ alternatives can oftentimes be perceived as boring. Here’s where protein enriched foods can play a significant role. Prolicious as a brand was born out of the desire to make protein delicious. So let’s take a look at the plethora of healthy plant-based protein rich veg foods that you can add to your weight loss diet.
A plant based protein rich veg breakfast
Breakfast has earned the reputation (not unworthily) of being the most important meal of the day. A good protein rich breakfast doesn’t necessarily have to be loaded with non-vegetarian items.
With this in mind, Prolicious has in its kitty, 2 yummy and vegetarian protein rich offerings. The first is the Prolicious Oats Chilla Mix. Chilla is a flat, savoury pancake of sorts, often made with gram flour. The Prolicious Oats Chila mix has 50% Oats flour and 2 times more protein than ordinary chila.
We all know that kids can be picky eaters, and especially breakfast can be a stressful time for moms. To cater to the whims of picky eating kids in particular (though adults enjoy them too), Prolicious presents its Pancake Mix. Fortified with twice as much plant based protein as compared to other popular pancake mixes, this product makes breakfast a fun and yummy experience for little ones. Check out some delicious pancake recipes here
Protein rich snacks
Whether you’re at work, or relaxing with a session of Netflix, snacking is something all of us enjoy. The typical snacks we indulge in include chips, biscuits and popcorn which mostly contain high calories, unhealthy fats and definitely little-to-no proteins. To counter this unhealthy eating pattern, we have Prolicious Khakhras in 7 amazing flavours, from the traditional chorafali flavour to a contemporary and lipsmacking garlic butter flavour. Our khakhras are all made with whole wheat flour and a variety of spices, depending on the flavours. What’s more, they are all enriched with twice the amount of protein as any other store-bought alternative. For people on the go, unhealthy snacking is an issue no more, thanks to Prolicious Thins. Designed to fit in your pocket or backpack and provide you with a healthy snacking alternative, our thins too are made from whole wheat flour and come in a variety of flavours. So say goodbye to unhealthy snacks for good!
Protein rich lunch and dinner
Who doesn’t love pasta? The word itself makes our mouths water. Pasta, especially locally available brands, oftentimes are made with multipurpose flour (maida) which is devoid of any nutritional value. Prolicious Pasta, available in penne and macaroni shapes, is made from 100% Durum wheat. Pasta also gets a bad rep as it is a carb. But Prolicious Pasta is enriched with 2x plant based protein. This makes it way healthier than locally available pasta.
So you see, whether it is breakfast, lunch / dinner or snacking, there is something Prolicious (protein + delicious) for every mealtime.