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We are in the midst of the auspicious Navratri festival, meaning that so many of you must be observing a fast to mark this festival. The dietary restrictions could be a cause of concern for the fitness freaks out there, especially because of the limited number of protein rich options.
Well, worry not, because there are still a wide variety of protein sources that you can include in your diet. Besides protein, these sources are also full of nutrients, ensuring that you are able to continue with your exercise and dietary regime.
Here are three protein rich food source that you can include in your diet whilst fasting during Navratri:
Nuts are a healthy option, consisting of macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats. As per research published in the journal Nutrients, nuts such as almonds and walnuts, contain high amounts of vegetable protein, dietary fiber, and vitamin B6.
So, not just nuts can provide you with the protein content while fasting, it can help keep you full between meals. You can include a handful of nuts in your diet, and boost your workouts!
Legumes such as beans, lentils, chickpeas and soybeans contain high quantities of protein. They are also a good source of folate, magnesium, and potassium. These properties promote overall heart health, muscle building, and increases energy levels. Legumes also contain antioxidants, which will reduce inflammation, and help maintain physical fitness.
You can make amaranth flour paratha using lentils such as moong dal, or make lentil soup.
3. Paneer (cottage cheese)
Panner is a great source of dietary protein and calcium. In fact, every 100 grams of paneer contains 18.3 grams of protein and 208 mg of calcium. Paneer also contains vitamin B, and is important for bone and cartilage health. So, including paneer in your diet will help supplement your protein requirement, and give a boost to your workout.
This dairy product is a filling food option, and can be used to make a wide variety of savoury dishes, from shahi paneer to paneer bhurji!
So, ladies, try these protein rich foods, and fulfill your nutritional needs this Navratri!