Top 5 superfoods for vegans which can be great substitutes for meat

A constant and substantial amount of protein intake is important for a human body to grow, develop and repair damaged cells. They are the building blocks of life and are not only essential for those who exercise vigorously but others as well. And while it is true that meat and dairy products have high amounts of protein in them, not everyone is comfortable with getting their nutrition from an animal and has therefore turned vegan. 

1. Wheat Meat/Seitan

The name might not be appealing to vegans but it is a fact that gluten is a great substitute for real meat in terms of texture and taste when cooked properly. It is one of the most popular edibles for vegans. In terms of figures, 100 grams of seitan consists of approximately 25 grams of protein which is the same as 100 grams of canned tuna or salmon.

2. Edamame

An immature version of soy is an important part of East Asian cuisines. It is usually served after steaming or boiling in hot water, followed by a generous drizzle of salt. It is a good source of folate, vitamin K and fiber as well. Besides the protein concentration – 100 grams of edamame can give you 12 grams of protein.

3. Lentils

If you are an Indian, chances are your lentil consumption is on point. Most Indians commonly have a bowl of dal in, at least, one meal throughout the day. They are high in fiber content and can make your stomach feel full for long, thereby keeping the caloric intake in check. 100 grams of cooked lentils consists of about 8 grams of pure protein which makes it a good and sustainable source of important macronutrients.

4. Chickpeas

It is a viable alternative to lentils. Chickpeas can be added to salads, chaats, or one of the thousands of hot and cold food recipes available online. It is also a good source of carbs, fiber, iron, folate, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and can also help moderate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It contains approximately, 7.5 grams of protein per 100 grams of cooked chickpeas is which should be included in your diet every day.

5. Nooch

Being vegan cannot allow you to have cheese but Nooch intake is just right to meet those cheesy cravings. It is a deactivated strain of yeast saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast but tastes just like dairy cheese. Within 100 grams of nooch there contains a whopping 40 grams of protein.