These ‘affordable’ food items will help you meet your protein goals

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She, however, added that “whether or not you need protein powder, it is always necessary to: match powders to your needs; check for the type of protein/protein quantity; not blindly add powder without working out and fortifying with protein sources; checking for the label and ingredients.”

Check out the list she shared on Instagram.

Amaranth puffs: Amaranth is a very rich source of protein and essential amino acids. In fact, just one serving of amaranth contains about 5 grams of protein.

Peanuts: Peanuts are actually a legume and have more protein than any other nut. Peanuts contain all the 20 amino acids in variable proportions and are the biggest source of the protein called “arginine”.

Moong dal, green: A typical Indian thali is incomplete without a portion of dal or lentil curry. The green gram is one of the best plant-based protein sources in the world. It is rich in essential amino acids, such as phenylalanine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, lysine, arginine and more.

Chana: Chana is high in protein and makes for an outstanding replacement for meat. The mean protein content in chickpeas is nearly 18%, which is higher than lentils. Also, chickpea is rich in lysine and arginine.

Paneer: To up your protein intake for the day, have paneer. It is a rich source of animal protein available at a comparatively lower cost, and forms an important source of animal protein for vegetarians.

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