Veganism is a philosophy that keeps its followers away from all kinds of animal-based products, be it in their diet, clothing or cosmetics. As a practice, veganism is slowly taking the world by rage. So many celebrities both home and abroad are going the vegan way too. Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao were amongst the latest to join the bandwagon two years back. Many of us are guilty of using the word vegan and vegetarian interchangeably. Here’s the essential difference between the two. Those who chose to be vegans avoid meat, poultry and seafood, just like vegetarians, but they take this a step ahead by also refraining from consuming dairy products like milk, cream and eggs or any product/by-product derived from animal/animal skin. Naturally then, there are many nutritionists who often say that veganism is not for everyone. Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood says, “Indian population is largely non-meat based. For them, the source of protein is mainly derived out of plant origin foods like dal, rajma and the likes. If paneer, milk and curd are ruled out, then to ensure there is enough protein and calcium in their diet, proper planning must be done in consultation with an expert.” In other words, if you are a vegan you may need to supplement your diet with vitamins, vitamin-fortified cereals, and fortified soy products to avoid deficiencies. And if you are a vegan who is looking to lose weight, you know your challenges too. With cutting down on meat and poultry, you already lose out on a great source of protein. Vegans have no resort in dairy too. But that does not mean it is an all-grim affair for vegans looking for weight loss. Soya bean is a great meat alternative for vegans. Similarly, tofu makes for an amazing alternative for paneer. Soy milk has almost the same protein content as regular milk.
Here are some vegan recipes that you can enjoy while you are in your weight loss trail:
1. Stir Fried Tofu With Rice Recipe
An easy-peasy recipe that is sure to spruce up your boring routine. Made with weight loss-friendly olive oil and topped with a variety of herbs, this delicious recipe is sure to add the much-needed zest to your lunch plans without adding too much to the calorie load.
2.Tofu with Spinach In Black Pepper Sauce Recipe
Healthy, nutrient-dense and delectable, this recipe is an absolute winner. Cubes of tofu stir-fried in mild spices, served on a bed of spinach leaves drizzled with a peppery sauce. A major slurp alert!
3. Roasted Bell Pepper And Broccoli Salad
A rich medley of veggies that would leave you filled and content. Yellow and red peppers, broccoli and spring onions topped with delicious seasoning, sprinkled with apricots. A must-try.
4. Zucchini Stuffed With Soya
Ditch the fatty and oily evening snacks and make way for this light and low calorie-appetiser. Zucchini halves stuffed with a soya-spice mix and baked till crisp. This healthy and hearty treat is the perfect answer to those untimely hunger pangs.
5. Fruits With Silken Tofu
Papaya, pear, apples and pineapple doused in a creamy tofu sauce. This healthy blended mix topped with fresh mint and cherries is a perfect snack for those looking to shed a pound or two.