When it comes to our diets, there are several nutritional requirements that are hard to meet (or maybe we make it that). The first thing that comes to mind is protein, which unfortunately is shrouded in myths and misconceptions. More often than not, this misinformation leads to deficiencies, and that’s where the problem lies. 

You, too, can get your fill of protein and other nutrients by eating healthy. Now, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! There are some tricks to make healthy eating worth it, and who has better recipes than celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija? 

This time around, it’s her high-protein kebabs that are grabbing the spotlight! And let’s admit, we are already salivating. What’s more, these kebabs also work as a great snack! So, both your issues are solved – after all, those 4’o clock hunger pangs are the worst.

Here’s what Makhija has written in her Insta post, “More than 70% of Indian mothers believe in myths that protein is difficult to digest, leads to weight gain, is only for ‘bodybuilders’ and is expensive to procure. Helping you bust that myth and also providing you with easy ways to jump up the intake of this essential macronutrient.

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Here’s what you need to make these kebabs:
  • Soaked chana dal
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Chili
  • Spices (Chat masala, pepper, hing, salt, cumin powder, turmeric, and chili flakes)
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Onion
  • Sesame seeds

1. In a bowl, take soaked chana dal, ginger, chili and add the whole mix of spices that include chat masala, pepper, hing, salt, cumin powder, turmeric, and chili flakes.
2. Mix it well, and turn it into a paste.
3. Blend cilantro, lime juice, onion, and sesame seeds with the paste.
4. Use your hands to make small kebabs, and shallow fry them.

Here’s what Makhija had to say, “Use the kebabs as a filler evening snack, a starter at parties, a mid-morning Tiffin box snack, or the use as filling for a wrap with lettuce. It’s a great yummy protein-rich tasty food.”

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Protein kebabs provide the optimal balance of taste and nutrition. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
The bottom line

Proteins are a critical component to help in the smooth functioning of the body and are responsible for hormonal balance, and cell repair and maintenance. According to experts, active individuals require 1.2-1.7 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. The official recommended daily allowance (RDA) for healthy adults is a minimum of 0.8 g/kg/day. You can check your daily protein intake, using a calorie tracking app or website.

Ensure you do not go overboard, especially if you are suffering from chronic problems of the kidney. That’s because the body converts excess protein to glucose, which could cause a rise in blood sugar levels in those who have diabetes.