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5 Must-Have Vegetarian Muscle-Building Foods To Eat During Navaratri

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Since Navratri is here and non-vegetarian food becomes a no-go for most, things get a bit tedious for the hard-working gym militia. 

Where to get the protein from? So should you give up your diet completely for 9 days? Well, that surely doesn't sound like a wise solution. 

So, the best bet would be to accommodate all the vegetarian protein sources and stick to them for 9 days in a row, without breaking away from your diet. Here's a list of those food items: 

1) Whey Protein

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This one needs no introduction. During Navaratri, Whey protein is actually going to play the role of a life saviour for you. All those chicken breasts and egg whites that you are going to give up for more than a week cannot be compensated with anything except a whey protein supplement. Whey protein has a very good amino acid profile and thus, will help you meet your quality protein needs for the time being.

2) Tofu

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I would agree that soybean protein isn't the best protein source available out there for non-vegetarians; but its time that you show some respect for tofu's protein content, at least for this week. A pack of tofu would easily feed you around 30 grams of protein, which is a very decent amount considering the fact that it comes from an all-vegetarian source. Tofu curry can replace your regular chicken curry that you carried for your office lunch.

3) Greek Yoghurt

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If you aren't a fan of yoghurt, now is the time to become one. Greek yogurt is different from a regular yogurt as it contains more protein and less fat content per serving. 

The best part about Greek yoghurt is that it comes in different flavours, so you can either have them as your evening snack or consume them as a post-meal dessert. 

Now, some people may feel that's it's a little expensive considering the amount of protein that you get per serving. However, you can easily include it as a part of your overall high protein diet.

4) Milk

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No, now is not the time to think whether to take your whey protein with milk or not. Now is the time to include as much milk in your diet as possible. 

If you cannot afford any of the above food items because they are expensive or out of your budget, you can choose to include milk in your daily diet to meet your nutritional needs. 

Have double toned or skimmed milk to make sure you are not consuming too much of fat along with milk.

5) Nuts & Nut Butter

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Nuts like almond will not only help you satisfy your mid-meal hunger, but will also provide you with a great choice for snacking. 

They are any day better than having those tea time biscuits that have lots of sugar-coated flavours in them. Save yourself from those and replace them with almonds or peanut butter.

Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.

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