If you are new to fitness and are finding it a bit hard to wrap your head around the frenzy that surrounds 'healthy foods', you have arrived at the right place. Dieting may prove to be an overwhelming affair for newbies. But once you get a hang of it, eating healthy may also turn out to be a fun affair. Protein is one of the most crucial components of a sustainable weight loss diet. It helps keep you full and also prevents cravings. When you feel full, you do not feel like tucking into anything fried and heavy, thereby, avoiding excess calorie-intake. The daily recommended allowance for protein differs for men and women. It also varies depending on the intensity of physical activity. The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you are looking for ideas on how to make your diet more protein-friendly, we'd suggest starting with gradual steps.
Here Are Some Easy Tips Which Can Help You Increase Protein In Your Lunch:
1. Have a bowl of dal daily
Dal or a clear lentil dish is an intrinsic part of a quintessential Indian diet. It is prepared in myriad ways with a variety of lentils. A simple and soothing moong dal every day may do wonders for your weight loss goals. The desi lentil is dubbed as one of the best sources of plant-based protein.
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2. Opt for brown rice or quinoa instead of starchy white rice
White rice is high in carbs. Carbs get digested quickly leaving you hungry again. Meanwhile, brown rice is rich in complex carbs. They also have trace amounts of protein. Complex carbs are also called good carbs because they do not get digested so quickly; they keep you full for long. Quinoa, on the other hand, is a complete source of protein. Meaning, it contains all essential amino acids.
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3. Choose lean meat
If you looking to have some meat in your lunch, make sure you opt for the lean kind like chicken, turkey or fish. They provide a great amount of protein without all the fat red meat is associated with.
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4. A cup of dahi or curd to end the meal is a great idea too
Not only is it a great source of protein and calcium, curd serves as an excellent probiotic. Eating foods rich in probiotic helps boost your gut health, which in turn helps improve digestion. Healthy digestion is key for digestion.
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5. Experiment with flatbreads
If you are bored of your plain ol' roti, you can try ragi roti or bajra roti. Both these millets are decently filled with fibre and protein that may amp up your weight-loss goals. Make sure you consume them in moderation; excess intake may lead to gas problems.
Try these tips and make your lunch replete with protein. Bon apetit!
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About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.