The VegStart Diet Recipes, Week 1, Day 5
Breakfast: Green Smoothie Bowl
Why It's Healthy: Chia seeds are high in Omega-3s which helps reduce inflammation in the body and support a healthy heart.
Why It Works for Weight Loss: The potassium in a banana (422 milligrams) helps control appetite, and reduces bloating. Plus a banana is relatively high in fiber, with 3.1grams.
Lunch: Tofu Scramble
Why It’s Healthy: Tofu is comparable to eggs nutritionally because both are complete sources of protein, with all nine essential amino acids. Tofu is also low in calories and saturated fat. Meanwhile, bell peppers have three times more vitamin C than oranges.
Why It Works for Weight Loss: Tofu is a low-calorie source of protein. A cup of tofu has 185 calories and 20 grams of protein. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that contains a compound called curcumin that aids in weight loss and is known to reduce bloating.
Snack: Cucumber Snack Box
Why It’s Healthy: Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that help boost your immune system. Cucumbers are extremely hydrating since they are made up of 96% water.
Why It Works for Weight Loss: Crackers are a low-calorie alternative to chips. Guacamole is a sneaky source of protein and a good source of monounsaturated fat.
Dinner: Teriyaki Tofu Bowl
Why It's Healthy: Brown rice is a whole grain and contains more fiber than white rice. Brown rice has 3.5 grams of fiber per cup whereas white rice has 0.6 grams of fiber per cup. Tofu is one of the only plant-based proteins that has all nine essential amino acids.
Why It Works for Weight Loss: Tofu is low in calories, low in carbs and has zero saturated fat. Three ounces of tofu has 14 grams of protein and 130 calories and just 3 grams of carbs.