Three delectable vegan recipes for a day full of healthy eating

Published: Oct 11, 2019, 15:01 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The Indian market is loaded with vegan foods that are unhealthy for you. One should be able to recognise the right foods to consume and should consistently keep up the nutritional levels in the body

This picture has been used for representational purpose
This picture has been used for representational purpose

In the past few years, people have been embracing the vegan diet and lifestyle globally. Most of them are increasingly choosing to go vegan to be more environment-friendly, reduce animal cruelty in the meat industry and for their health, wherein they seek to eat clean and natural. The vegan diet brings several benefits to the table, such as improved gut-health, better skin and managed weight. It is also known to play a significant role in preventing various cardiovascular and lifestyle diseases.

While following a vegan diet, one can either be nutritionally deficient or nutritionally complete. It's important to ensure that your vegan diet consists of necessary macros such as protein (very important), carbohydrates and good fats. When following this diet, one needs to consume sufficient protein, which can be derived through vegan protein powders and natural foods such as spinach, chickpeas, almonds, quinoa, tahini and green peas.

The Indian market is loaded with vegan foods that are unhealthy for you. One should be able to recognise the right foods to consume and should consistently keep up the nutritional levels in the body.

Avoid vegan junk foods available at your nearest supermarket and buy fresh locally produced vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and vegan superfoods instead. Here are 3 scrumptious vegan recipes that will be able to guide you through a day full of eating healthy vegan food. Whether you are already following a vegan diet or are looking to transition into this diet, these recipes by Shivam Hingorani, Founder, Ace Blend are wholesome, nutritionally rich and easy to prepare.

Berry Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

200 ml of almond milk
1/3rd cup of almonds
2 tablespoons raw chocolate vegan protein powder
3-4 strawberries
1 frozen banana
2-3 blueberries
1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Method

Chop the almonds and add to the blender. After this, add the frozen banana, strawberries and blueberries to the mix. Then pour the almond milk and raw chocolate vegan protein powder into the blender, and blend on high speed. Stop once the mixture has a smooth texture. Pour the mix into a glass and place it in the freezer for 7 minutes. Sprinkle the hemp seeds on top of the smoothie and your nutritious breakfast smoothie is ready!

Lettuce Taco Lunch

Ingredients

1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup black beans
2 tablespoons green lime vegan protein powder
½ avocado
1/3rd iceberg lettuce
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoon lemon juice

Method

Add chopped onions, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper to a saucepan and cook for 7-10 minutes. To this, add the quinoa and beans and stir till the mixture is warm. Add lemon juice to the mixture and your filling is ready. Take this filling and add it to the middle of the iceberg lettuce wrap. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of green lime vegan protein powder and chopped avocados on top of the tacos, and enjoy a healthy and scrumptious lunch.

Beneficial Buddha Bowl Dinner

Ingredients

1/3rd cup cooked quinoa
3 tablespoons green lime vegan protein powder
1/4th cup hemp seeds
½ avocado
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1/5th cup mung beans
1 cup cooked broccoli
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup chopped lettuce
½ cup chopped onions
2 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon salt

Method

Add quinoa, broccoli, cucumber and lettuce to a large mixing bowl. To this, add the protein-rich chickpeas and lime green vegan protein powder. In a separate dish, mix the sliced avocado with onions, fresh lime and salt to prepare a delicious guacamole dressing. Add this dressing to the mixture in the bowl. Top the mixture with mung beans and hemp seeds to an additional crunch to your delectable dinner.

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