5 Signs You Are Not Eating Enough Protein And Easy Recipes To Help You Out
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5 Signs You Are Not Eating Enough Protein And Easy Recipes To Help You Out


Signs of protein deficiency in the body along with protein-rich recipes
When it comes to nutrient deficiencies, your body starts showing signs and symptoms which are easily identifiable. Detecting these symptoms early can give you enough time to stock the nutrient back in the body. Proteins are said to be the building blocks of the body and are one of the essential nutrients recqired for a number of functions. Here are five symptoms which point towards low protein levels in your body, along with protein rich recipes, which will help you out.
​Signs of protein deficiency in the body
A constant feeling of tiredness is the first sign of protein deficiency. Not getting enough protein reduces the energy in your body which can make you feel lethargic. Protein acts like a fuel for your body and when your protein levels are stooping, it results in your body demanding food every now and then. If your body isn’t getting enough protein, then your body will break down muscle to get more of it, which leads to loss of muscle mass. Protein is the reason why your hair and nails feel softer. Lack of protein can make nails brittle and might even lead to hair loss. Protein deficiency can also cause your immunity to take a hit. This can make you fall prey to minor infections and diseases.
Tofu bhurji
Made with scrambled tofu, this bhurji is perfect for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.
Ingredients required- 200 grams tofu, 1 chopped onion, 1 diced tomato, ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp garlic-ginger paste, 1 tsp oil, ¼ tsp black pepper and salt as required.
Firstly scramble the tofu and keep it aside. You can use regular paneer, if tofu isn’t available.
Heat oil in a kadhai, add cumin seeds, ginger-garlic paste and cook for a minute.
Now add onions and let them turn translucent. Then add tomatoes and let them cook for at least 4 minutes.
Add turmeric, red chilli powder, salt and black pepper. Give a good mix.
Lastly add scrambled tofu and combine all the ingredients. Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy.
Cashew Milkshake
A filling yet tasty drink, cashew milkshake is enough to give you a good dose of protein.
Ingredients required- 1 banana, 3 tbsp cashews, 3 tsp cacao powder, 1 tbsp honey and a pinch of salt.
Add all the ingredients in a grinder and blend in batches.
Keep blending until everything is combined well.
Once a proper smoothie is prepared, pour into a glass, garnish with some cashews and enjoy.


Spinach Paneer Cheela
Give the usual cheela a healthier twist by adding some spinach and paneer to it. Both spinach and paneer are full of protein and this cheela is the perfect breakfast option for you.
Ingredients required- 1 cup besan, ½ cup curd, ½ cup chopped spinach (palak), 1 chopped onion, ½ tsp cumin seeds powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp amchur powder, 1 chopped chilli, ½ cup paneer and salt as per taste.
Take a bowl, add curd, spinach, onion, cumin seeds, red chilli powder, amchur powder, chopped chillies and salt. Mix everything well to make a smooth batter.
Heat a tsp of oil on a tawa, pour a ladle of batter on the tawa and cook from both sides until golden-brown.
Once done, fill some paneer in the cheela and fold it. Enjoy with mint chutney on the side.
Carrot and Lentil Soup
Winters are here and so is the perfect time to sip on hot cuppas of soup. Carrot and lentil soup is not only delicious, super healthy but is also a storehouse of protein.
Ingredients required- 1 tbsp ghee, ½ cup chopped onion, 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, 2 chopped carrots, ¼ cup lentils and 3 cups of water.
Heat ghee in a saucepan. Add the chopped onion and cook until golden. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and stir for a minute.
Add cumin seeds, salt, pepper and stir for 30 seconds. Now add the carrots, lentils, water and bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan and let it simmer for at least 10-12 minutes.
Once done, take the pan off the heat and use an immersion blender to make a puree.
If the soup is too thick add some boiled water and mix. Strain the soup and pour into bowls.
Garnish with fresh cream, chopped coriander seeds and enjoy.



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