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Sep 26, 2022 - Fareed Ahmad
The internet can be an overwhelming place for anyone who’s trying to deal with obesity. Especially for people who follow vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, or vegan diets. With new fads cropping up everyday that promise to help you lose inches while you sleep, it’s important to get back to basics and understand the WHY’s of your weight loss journey.
Firstly, why do you need to maintain an ideal body weight?
You can improve your overall fitness and reduce your susceptibility to numerous ailments by maintaining a healthy ideal body weight. Obesity increases the chance of significant health problems, such as diabetes and heart conditions. Your bones and organs are also put under stress by excess body fat. It intensifies inflammatory processes in the body and brings about alterations in hormones and metabolism. Obesity has been related to a number of health issues, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and other disorders.
So, how do you deal with something this serious?
Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and adequate sleep are the first stages towards achieving this. Anything that encourages stress reduction and a healthy lifestyle is always a positive step.
One thing that everyone always debates is-what exactly is a balanced diet?
You should consider including the following 7 elements in your diet to maintain healthy weight and functional health- Carbohydrates,Protein,Fats,Fibre,Vitamins,Minerals & Water.
Having a protein and fibre rich diet is considered a difficult task for people who don’t eat meat. But that is a misinformed piece of information at best. Vegetarians can thrive on a healthy diet consisting of food items like-
Read ahead to find 5 yummy and wholesome vegetarian recipes that you’ll look forward to enjoying in your weight loss journey:
Juicing is by far the simplest way of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Moreover, cold pressed juices retain 60% more nutrients and is a heatless way of preparing yummier, healthier juices. This recipe includes the big three detoxifying ingredients-apples, lemon, and ginger. This is a great first juice of the day, since it gets the detox process going and the heat from the cayenne jump starts your metabolism.
Yield: One serving
Red Apple – 2 1/4 medium apples
Lemon – 1/2 medium lemon
Ginger –1 half inch piece of ginger root
Cayenne (ground) – 1 pinch
If you’re on the lookout for a hearty but healthy vegetarian recipe for lunch,you’ve come to the right place. Hummus is a great source of plant-based protein and the veggies in this sandwich make it extremely fibre rich. Especially if you’re a fan of vegetarian avocado recipes.
Time: 20 mins for preparation and cooking
Serving: For 1
This is an amazing alternative to traditional white rice dosa since the quinoa and brown rice are both fibre-rich and great sources of ‘clean carbs’. It’s easy to prepare and the batter stays fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days. Best enjoyed with a cup of vegetable sambar or other vegetarian gravy recipes.
To soak together-
Quinoa, 1 cup
Brown rice, 1 cup
Whole Black gram 1/4 cup
Whole green gram 1/4 cup
Toor dal/Pigeon peas 1/4 cup
Split Chickpeas/ Chana dal 1/4 cup
Red Chillies, as per your taste
Ginger, about 1 inch long
Fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida, a pinch
Salt and oil as required
Nothing could make vegetables taste as good as a big plate of wings, until these Buffalo Cauliflower Bites started popping up.Follow the steps for your vegetarian bowl of goodness.
Small bowl of flour
Paprika, salt, ginger powder and pepper, as per your taste
Frosty and full of protein, what else do you need? This smoothie will give you that boost of energy with the freshness of whatever berries you choose to mix in.
Combine strawberries, blueberries, banana, cashew milk, cashew butter and hemp seeds together in a blender. Process it until smooth, adding more cashew milk, if needed for consistency. Serve immediately.
Freeze the fruits ahead of time for an extra frosty texture once blended.
Another vegetarian air fryer recipes that lets you enjoy typically deep-fried food without all the saturated fats are these vegetarian wrap style air fried tacos! The kidney bean filling in these make it packed with protein.
1 large avocado or 2 small ones
Salt & pepper to taste
1 can vegan refried beans
1 tbsp taco seasoning*
8 corn tortillas
Shredded lettuce, cilantro, salsa, vegan cilantro ranch-Optional toppings
Creamy, filling and full of proteins and vitamins, this soup has it allll.You can have it as the main meal or as an appetiser or even as a side dish. Made with beans, veggies, coconut milk, and homemade croutons, it is hard to resist this vegetarian diet recipe.
Vegetables. Onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.
Beans- Kidney or black beans
Veggie Broth. Use homemade or store-bought veggie broth.
Herbs- Fresh dill, parsley and mint go really well with this soup
Coconut Milk. This ingredient is optional. It gives a bit of creaminess to the soup and also makes a great garnish.
Croutons- Optional, again but the combination of homemade crunch croutons with creamy soup is heavenly.
-In a pot, cook the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic in oil over medium heat until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown (about 10 minutes).
-Include the broth, salt, pepper, and beans (sometimes the broth is salty enough, so add as needed). It should boil for a few minutes before being cooked for 30 minutes at medium-low heat.
-While waiting, place the bread in the skillet, brush some oil over it, season it with salt, and toast it until it is properly browned and crunchy.
-Stir in the parsley and dill before taking the soup off the heat. Use a power blender to purée the food until smooth.There are tons of other easy healthy vegetarian weight loss recipes that are quick to make and delicious to have. A vegetarian diet is in no way a restriction in your weightloss journey. Especially with newer and smarter kitchen appliances like air fryers and cold press juicers, it’s easier than ever to make your favourite recipes twice as healthier, without losing out on any of the veggies’ and fruity goodness!