World Vegan Day 2022: 5 Protein Sources You Can Add To Your Diet
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Veganism has become a common phenomenon over the past few years. It’s a dietary practice, in which people refrain from eating meat and animal-based products (including dairy products). Veganism is now a popular way of life for many in the country. More and more people are embracing the vegan lifestyle for several reasons. The popularity is such that World Vegan Day is celebrated every year on November 1. The day marks and promotes the benefits of veganism for humans and the natural environment. Veganism, in addition to food, also promotes staying clear of clothing and cosmetics that may have harmed animals. 

Amid all the restrictions on food, it is said that vegans find it hard to find enough protein sources for consumption. The abstinence of meat and dairy, some of the richest sources of protein, may limit their choices. But did you know that there are a host of vegan alternatives that are enriched with protein? There are options aplenty for vegans to make sure they do not miss out on the crucial nutrient. Here are 5 vegan options through which you can load up on protein: 

1. Tofu 

Tofu is made from dried soybeans. Soy protein is said to be one of the best sources of protein. Besides being rich in protein, tofu contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. If you have just turned vegan and are missing cottage cheese (paneer) or chicken, tofu may just be the right alternative for you. It can be made into a wide variety of dishes including tofu tikkas, pulao, or tofu soup. 

2. Flaxseeds 

Flaxseeds are known to be one of the healthiest ingredients around. The nutty seeds are dense with protein content and many other nutrients like Omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. You can add them to water and make your own detox drink to sip on in the morning or add them to your nutty trail-mix or even cereals. 

3. Lentils 

Yes, the desi comfort bowl of dal-chawal is vegan too, although not many of us have probably observed that yet. Dal is a treasure trove of proteins. Be it moong, masoor, or chana, all are packed with protein.

4. Chickpeas

Beans and chickpeas are replete with plant-based proteins. Chickpeas, especially, are super versatile and so you can simply turn them into hummus or salads by boiling it. Besides, you can also make your regular chana sabzi or curry. 

5. Edamame 

If you are still confused about what exactly edamame is, it is basically soy beans in pods, and is usually prepared by boiling it in water with some salt. While it is most popular in the Asian cuisine, particularly Japanese, it is slowly finding its place in Indian homes as well.