9 Diabetic-Friendly Vegan Recipes For Easy Meals
Contrary to popular belief, Veganism is not a new lifestyle fad that’s in trend. It has been around since the 1940s when the term was first coined. Veganism is a more restricted form of vegetarianism in which one avoids any food product derived from animals. This includes dairy products like milk, cheese, butter and cream along with honey, etc. Vegans also refrain from using animal-tested products such as make-up and other chemicals and they also choose to not use clothing like silk, leather, and wool as they are derived from animals.
Some of the most important foods allowed in Veganism are natural fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, bread, rice, pasta, seeds, nuts, soybean, chickpeas etc. As a replacement for cow milk, vegans use almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk. Since all of these are natural ingredients filled with plant-based nutrients, many studies have found that such a plant-based diet plays a significant role in reducing the risks of type 2 Diabetes. It is known that sedentary lifestyles with regular consumption of fast food and processed foods can affect type 2 diabetes, hence research has shown that lifestyle changes, particularly in diet can effectively help in preventing and even reversing type 2 diabetes. (Source)
Hence, vegan recipes for diabetes are well-suited for patients suffering from this metabolic disorder. As we celebrate World Diabetes Day (14th November) and mark World Vegan Month (November) you can explore some diabetes recipes that are inherently vegan to celebrate this month and boost your health.
Here are 9 easy vegan recipes for diabetes to try today:
Vegan Breakfast Recipes
- Avocado toast: A simple breakfast item using bread, avocado, fresh sliced tomatoes, salt, chilli lemon dressing, balsamic dressing and more. Choose a vegan butter to toast your bread for a crispy and delicious toast.
- Smoothies with Almond Milk: Kale, spinach, and avocado along with almond milk and bananas can give you a thick and nutritious smoothie that is so filling, it counts as breakfast! You can experiment with fruits and vegetables allowed for diabetic patients like kiwi, oranges and more. Along with these, you can also snack on some wholesome Sunfeast Farmlite Digestive biscuits made from whole grains and other nutritious ingredients that make it a mindful and delicious snack.
- Vegan quinoa bowl: Quinoa is a whole grain loved by all for its health benefits. Use quinoa, chickpeas, onions, chopped tomatoes, lemon juice and spices for an appetizing breakfast that will charge you up for the entire day.
Vegan Lunch Recipes
- Chole with Roti (SRC Atta)- Any chickpea or chole vegan meal is a Use Indian chole masala, chopped onions and lime juice to add more flavour to this chickpea dish. Eat with hot Rotis made from a diabetic atta like Aashirvaad Sugar Release Control Atta.
- Vegan burger: A delicious meat-like burger that is made from plant-based proteins filled with veggies and hot burger buns sounds like a delicious treat that everyone deserves occasionally. ITC Master Chef produces a plant-based burger patty that is filled with the goodness of plant-based protein while giving the taste of chicken. Using this can increase the nutritional value of your vegan burger!
- Roasted Veggies with Spiced Lentils: Leafy vegetables are known to be good for diabetic patients. Roast some vegetables and mix them with spiced lentils for a delicious and vegetable-rich dal. Since diabetic patients must refrain from consuming white rice, this dal can be had with hot Rotis made with a diabetic-friendly atta.
Vegan Dinner Recipes
- Vegan Spinach Salad: Use spinach, onions, avocado, and walnuts along with thinly sliced apples and cranberries for a unique and wholesome salad that is light and perfect for dinner. Dress it with apple cider vinegar, and some vegan mayo for a burst of creamy flavour!
- Tofu Tacos: Unlike paneer, which is made from milk, Tofu is made from soybean and is a protein-rich ingredient. You can use ready-made taco shells and chop up fresh lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. Sauté tofu with ginger and garlic paste, green chillies and soy sauce and add this to your veggies and you’re ready for an exciting dinner time. You can also add black beans and vegan sour cream for additional textures.
- Broccoli soup: Broccoli is a popular nutritious green leafy vegetable that can be made into a wholesome and filling soup. Chop broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic and potatoes. Cook or bake them with some olive oil. Then transfer into a blender with some cashews and vegan butter and blend till a uniform paste is formed. Cook this paste with water, salt and until it boils and serve hot.You can follow these recipes to the T or make your own variations. Use these as inspiration to create some wholesome and delectable meals in the future!