If you’re contemplating going vegan or vegetarian in Mississauga, Brampton and GTA but worried about possible protein deficiencies in your diet, relax – Veggie Planet got you covered. While proteins are essential for building muscle strength, it’s also true that meat foods do score over plant foods in terms of protein content. Fortunately, there’s ample evidence to show that our nutritional requirements can be met by consuming certain protein rich foods that are purely vegetarian or vegan. But for that to happen, we need to move beyond the conventional veggie pizza or veggie burger. Just as with most other things, we have certain plant-based foods that have a relatively higher protein content. By consuming these vegan and vegetarian foods, we can compensate our body for the potential protein deficiencies that may arise from shunning a non-vegetarian diet.

When you walk into Veggie Planet Indian street food restaurant in Mississauga you will see the superstars of plant-based foods that are rich in protein with excellent taste!

Green Peas:

Who doesn’t love green peas?  A staple side dish on most dining tables, those little, round, pellet-like vegetables are a great combination of style and nutrition. A cup (approximately 240 ml) of cooked green peas serves up as much as 9 grams of protein, which measures up to the nutrition acquired from drinking a cup of cow milk. What’s more, green peas also provide our body with generous quantities of essential minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus and magnesium.  Green peas are also strong on B vitamin content. Make a quick detour to your neighborhood Veggieplanet for a delightful taste festival with green peas coupled with kaawa nuggets and kaawa drumstick to see your protein intake zoom!

Soy Milk:

For vegans especially, cow milk is an absolute no-no. But avoiding animal-milk also means depriving ourselves of a vital protein source. Fortunately for us, there’s a solution in the form of soy milk. Derived from soy beans, soy milk is a superb alternative for those of us who want the goodness and taste of milk in our daily diets. A cup of soy milk contains 7 grams of protein and liberal doses of calcium apart from vitamins D and B12. Abundantly available on supermarket shelves, soy milk can either be drunk on its own or used as an ingredient in a variety of Indian drinks and dishes.

Lentils

Lentils are a staple in Indian cuisine and you can literally smell their delicious aroma when you enter an Indian street food restaurant. Lentils are versatile in that they can be added to many a dish, right from soups to salads. A powerhouse of proteins, each cup (approximately 240 ml) of cooked lentils deliver almost 18 grams of protein. They are also high in fiber content and can provide nearly half our daily recommended intake of fiber. Lentils are also rich in folic acid, iron and manganese, anti-oxidants. Lentils also promote the good bacteria in the colon and thus contribute to better digestion and a healthier gut.

Beans and chickpeas

Beans, of all kinds, are high on protein content. So, whether it’s kidney beans, pinto beans or black beans, you can be sure that your protein requirements are taken care of when you’re consuming beans in ample quantities. Similarly, chickpeas are yet another legume-source of proteins for vegans and vegetarian food aficionados. Cooked beans as well as chickpeas deliver as much as 15 grams of protein per cup (approximately 240 ml). These legumes are also brimming with nutrients ranging from folic acid, complex carbs, iron, phosphorus, fiber and many plant compounds. Beans and chickpeas can be cooked in a variety of ways. Indian cuisine is replete with recipes that are awesome in taste and easy to cook.

Nuts and seeds:

The good thing about nuts and seeds is that you don’t have to cook them. You can eat them as is or use them as an ingredient in other dishes. Small in size but big on taste and protein content, nuts and their derivatives are a veritable storehouse of essential nutrients too. Munch a handful of nuts from time to time to time during the course of your day, and ensure your daily dose of fiber, healthy fats, iron, phosphorus, calcium, selenium, vitamins E and B, and antioxidants too. Ideally, you should consume nuts and seeds, raw because roasting or blanching them strips them of their nutritional contents.

Fruits and vegetables:

Contrary to popular belief, not all fruits and vegetables are deficient in protein. There do exist some varieties that are high on protein and can provide us with sufficient quantities of nutrition. Broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and artichokes are the different vegetables that you can rely upon to dish out your body’s protein requirements. A cup of any of these cooked vegetables contain about 5 grams of protein.

Similarly, we have fresh fruits and berries that are rich in protein content. For example, bananas, nectarines, guava, mulberry, blackberry, cherimoya contain around 5 grams of protein per serving. Including these fruits and vegetables in your daily diet will help take care of your protein requirements.

In recent times there are also many new and unconventional food sources making their way into Indian cuisines, especially in localities such as Brampton, Missisuaga and the Greater Toronto Area – GTA. Ingredients like tofu, tempeh, edamame, and seitan have made their way from the far-east, and are now a regular choice of vegan and vegetarian food lovers. These foods are high on protein and many a time used as a substitute for meat.

Seitan:

Also known as wheat meat, seitan is made from the principal protein in wheat – gluten. When cooked, its look and texture have an uncanny resemblance to meat. 100 grams of cooked seitan provides about 25 grams of protein, making it the richest source of plant protein. Seitan can be cooked in many ways – sautéed, grilled or pan-fried. It is easily available in health food stores. People with gluten sensitivity should avoid seitan.

Tofu, Edamame, Tempeh:

Derived from soybean which is rich in protein, Tofu, edamame and tempeh are all derived from soybean which is rich in protein. The manufacturing methods differ and so does the taste of each of these soybean products. Tofu is made from bean curds in a process that is similar to the one use for making cheeses, it does not have any distinctive taste and acquires the cooking flavors of the recipe. Similarly, tempeh can also be used in naanza, soups, burgers and other recipes such as the planet special poutine.

Edamame are basically immature soybeans that are sweet to taste with a hint of grass. They must be boiled or steamed before eating them whole or in soups.

Visit Veggie Planet Today

If you’re in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, and rest of Greater Toronto Area, remember there’s Veggie Planet Naanza waiting for your palate pleasure! Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA.

For in restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

If eating trends are any indication, the world is no longer the preserve of non-vegetarian cuisine. More and more vegetarian and vegan travelers in countries like Canada, the US and elsewhere in Europe are discovering to their pleasant surprise that beyond the veggie burger and veggie pizza, vegetarian food is alive and kicking!

With the resurgence in vegetarianism across the world, thanks in large measure to outlets like Veggie Planet in Mississauga Ontario, local vegetarian dishes and cuisines are making a welcome comeback in countries spread across Europe, Asia and Africa. In fact, for a long time it was believed that except for a few countries like India, the world was by and large a haven for non-vegetarian foodies. But now countries ranging from Thailand to Italy boast of dishes that are true-blue vegetarian and national favorites too. Let’s go on a global epicurean walk across eight countries in four continents, to some of the tourist havens where simple vegetarian street foods are basking in international glory.


Asian vegetarian delights to live for:

Considered the original home of vegetarianism, India is a virtual repository of tasty vegetarian cuisine that can give non-vegetarian food a run for its money. The sheer variety of vegetarian dishes and recipes emanating from this country have enchanted food lovers from across the spectrum. Ironically, one of the most popular and yet most humble dishes is the chana masala. Made of chickpea or great garbanzo bean, chana masala is a great accompaniment to roti, paratha, and naanza. It is a humble man’s lentil curry that is going places, thanks to a mouth-watering combination of tomatoes, onion, a variety of spices like turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Dripping with proteins and full of taste, chana masala is the toast of high-end restaurants as well as humble roadside eateries that dot the vast Indian countryside. Speaking of Indian drinks and adaptations, you have ideas like kawa nuggets and kawa drumstick on mainstream vegetarian restaurant menus nowadays.

Apart from elephants, beaches and great forests, Thailand has become famous in recent years for its mouth-watering array of vegetarian dishes. Long a magnet for international tourists, Thai cuisine is turning out to be that extra element for visiting tourists. Thai cuisine is known for its generous use of coconut milk which lends a unique flavor to the dishes. Popular vegetarian options range from stewed plantains, taro root and sweet potatoes. Thai dishes are replete with lemon grass, local spices, palm sugar and a variety of vegetables that are colorful to behold and tasty to eat. Slurp!

Lebanon, once the jewel of the Middle-East. Also, home to the mouth-watering dish called tabbouleh. A veritable delight for vegetarian food lovers, tabbouleh comprises of bulgur, parsley, onion, mint, cucumber and tomatoes, all dressed with a concoction of lemon juice and olive oil. A veritable middle eastern delight for the taste buds, tabbouleh makes a good combination with hummus along with olives and falafels. Light on the stomach, tabbouleh is consumed cold and can make the humid evenings bearable. If you’re visiting Lebanon and wondering how to stick to vegetarian food, remember there’s tabbouleh to the rescue.


The Americas for vegetarians:

Long famous for its ancient Aztec and Mayan empires, Mexico has always attracted foreign tourists by the droves.  When you talk about Mexican food, the first things that pop to mind are beans, avocado, corn tortillas – you can’t get more vegetarian than this! A common man’s staple diet for a long time, you’ll find the aroma of corn tortillas wafting into your nostrils as they get cooked on skillets.  Available in a variety of vegetarian and vegan fillings, tortillas are healthy, filling and easy on the pocket too. You can find them in high-end restaurants as well as street-side eateries. So, vegetarians can happily visit Mexico.

A major South American destination for business and tourist visitors, Chile has a great vegetarian option in the form of porotos granados – a delectable porridge-like stew imbibing the wholesome goodness of cranberry beans, onion, corn, pumpkin, broth and spices. It is characterized by its rich sweet taste and pungent aroma that wafts from the puree-like concoction.

 

Eternal Europe for vegetarian food lovers:

Italy is not just famous for its ageless art and culture. To be fair, Italian cuisine has made a name for itself in the pantheon of world foods. But it is only now that vegetarian dishes are peeping out from behind the scenes to global acclaim. Foremost among Italy’s contribution to vegetarian cuisine is the white bean peasant soup better known as ribollita. As the staple of peasantry who could not afford meat, it was necessity that shaped ribollita into a vegetarian superstar that is the toast of modern food lovers. Thanks to the white beans, it is full of proteins and carbohydrates. The next time you visit Italy, don’t forget to stop by a roadside restaurant to sample some ribollita!

If you’re visiting Greece, you can take heart from the fact that the Mediterranean country is a vegetarian food lover’s haven. From olives to grapes and rice, the cuisine here is loaded with vegetarian ingredients. Foremost among them is dolma. You can try the staple dish of rice cooked in olive oil and spices – it’s available wherever you travel in the country. Simple and wholesome, dolmas are delicious and renowned as the people’s food. You’ll find it almost anywhere in Greece because everybody loves it!

 

Going vegetarian in Africa:

If you ever visit Lesotho in the African continent, don’t forget to try out Moroko – an astonishingly simple vegetarian recipe of roughly chopped greens that are boiled before simmering in oil and finally mashed to form a lovely green colored soggy porridge. Comprises of vegetables and greens ranging from kale, chard, radish, mustard, dandelions, spinach and so on. Take a spoonful of the vegetarian porridge and get ready to be transported into the realms of epicurean delight. Tastes especially good when eaten along with potatoes or rice. Widely available and relished all over the landlocked nation that nestles within South Africa.

While travelling the world in search of the fulfilling vegetarian dish may not be everyone’s idea of fun, if you stay in Brampton or Mississauga area, you can always walk into your local Veggieplanet and savor some lip-smacking vegetarian Planet special poutine!

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

Fast foods are fast foods. Right? You couldn’t be farther from the truth. For starters, the popular perception that fast foods are unhealthy can be safely thrown out the window. Thanks to vegan and vegetarian options, fast foods, especially the Indian street food varieties in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke and rest of Greater Toronto Area are gaining popularity as a tasty, healthy and humane approach to enjoying good food. So, if you have been avoiding meat-based fast foods in GTA due to personal concerns, now is the time to sink your teeth into that succulent veggie burger or veggie pizza at the Veggie Planet location in Brampton, without the guilt pangs. Let’s take a quick tour to find out how exactly vegetarian fast foods positively impact our health…

Longer lifespans

From time to time, scientific studies have established that longevity is directly proportional to a healthy lifestyle and a diet comprising plant-based foods like vegetables and fruits.  Consumption of vegetarian foods and fast foods means lesser accumulation of toxins and chemicals in the body. All this contributes to increased life spans.

Reduced cholesterol

Unlike meat-based foods which catalyze cholesterol production and build-up in our bodies, vegetarian foods are virtually cholesterol-free. Left to itself, our bodies are capable of producing the required cholesterol by themselves. So, a diet rich in vegetarian foods contributes to cleaner arteries and better cardiac health.

Reduced stroke and obesity risks

People who prefer meat dishes are known to be over-eaters in comparison to vegetarians. It is noticed that vegetarians don’t usually overeat or choose foods on the basis of their emotions. That is also the reason why vegetarians are less at risk of obesity and stroke attacks.

Improved metabolism

It’s a well-known fact that vegetarian food digests easily and helps the body maintain an optimum metabolic rate. What’s more, the resting metabolism rate (RMR) in vegetarians is higher and results in faster rate of burning of body fat. The next time you munch upon Kawa Nuggets and Kawa Drumstick, remember that you’re actually doing your body a favor.

Lower diabetes risk

Apart from nutrition, vegetarian food is low on fatty acids and also easier to absorb – all of which help maintain a steady flow of blood sugar in the body – and thus keep diabetes at bay. It has been observed that in consumers of non-vegetarian fast foods, blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly immediately after they eat meat-based fast foods. Therefore, fast foods of the vegetarian type, available in your friendly neighborhood Indian street food restaurant in Brampton, are a good option. This holds good especially if you are suffering from diabetes.

Youthful skin

One of the biggest benefits of consuming vegan food, including fast foods, is a skin tone that is healthy and youthful. This is because plant-based foods are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins – all of which are essential for healthy and toned skins. These foods are also high in water content, making them even more useful in our pursuit of youthful and healthy-looking skin. A serving of Veggie Planet Special Poutine in Mississauga is a great way to catch up for a quality meet up with friends as well as give your skin a dose of nourishment. Couple it with Indian drinks like Jal-Jeera and watch the good times just unfold!

High fiber content

Since vegetarian food is high on fiber content, it aids in the digestive processes of the body. Such food also helps boost your body’s metabolic rate and flush out harmful toxins and wastes. Also, the higher water content in vegetarian foods helps the body retain healthy fluid levels.

Anti-depressant properties

Many a research in recent times has shown that being vegetarian keeps you happier than if you’re a meat-eater. The good news is that compared to meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans fare better on depression tests as well as mood profiles. Considering that vegetarian fare is increasingly tending towards organic farming, the health benefits are further amplified. So, when you enjoy vegetarian fast foods, your mind frame is also experiencing pleasant thoughts. The next time you’re feeling low, just walk into the nearby Veggie Planet Location in Etobicoke, Brampton and feast on Indian street food that’s healthy, tasty and easy on the pocket too.

Better eye-health

Don’t rub your eyes in disbelief but research has established the link between diet and the probability of your developing cataract of the eye. According to the studies by a prominent University in the UK, you are at a lower risk of cataract if you’re a vegetarian as opposed to your non-vegetarian friends. And if you’re a vegan, the risks are further reduced. Incidentally, you wouldn’t fail to notice the appetizing natural greens, reds and yellows that characterize vegetarian fast foods dished up by your favorite Indian fast food restaurant in the Greater Toronto Area?

Easy on the pocket

Finally, vegetarian fast food is good on your waistline and your wallet as well. Going vegetarian makes money-sense too as they are more modestly priced in comparison to non-vegetarian fast foods. Not only will your health improve, you also tend to save money in the long run!

As you have seen for yourself, vegetarian fast foods are predominantly composed of plant and grain-based ingredients, making them powerhouses of fiber, essential vitamins like C, E, and folic acid. What’s more, vegetarian fast foods are rich in magnesium, phytochemicals and unsaturated fats. Lower levels of cholesterol in the body and lower blood pressure levels have been attributed to consumption of vegetarian foods.

The best part about Indian vegetarian fast foods and street foods is that restaurants have re-engineered themselves for the modern foodie and the growing influence of vegetarianism. No longer do you have to sacrifice taste and pleasure at the altar of good health. If you’re in Etobicoke, Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto and rest of Greater Toronto Area, remember there’s Veggie Planet Naanza waiting for your palate pleasure!

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via website (https://veggieplanet.com) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA.

For in restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

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There used to be time, not long back, when non-resident Indians (NRIs) would eagerly look forward to their next India visit, just so they could savor their favorite Indian street foods. Gulping down Paani Puris by the dozen or gobbling away plates of tasty Pav Bhaaji on Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach, was a dream to die for many Indian Canadians in Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.

Today, it’s a different scene altogether as many a small family-run Indian restaurant dots the topography across Greater Toronto Area. Apart from catering to the taste buds of home-sick Indians, Indian restaurants like Veggie Planet are dishing out fusion food combinations that are tasty, healthy and conform to strict vegetarian beliefs of its customers in Mississauga.

Today in Mississauga, Brampton and other cities in Ontario, vegetarianism is taking grip and veganism is fast becoming a way of life. So, in addition to tasty food, people are now specifically looking for vegan restaurants like Veggie Plant that experiment with ingredients and styles to dish out dishes that are tasty, trendy and stick to pure vegetarian ingredients.

For the classic vegetarian dining experience in Mississauga, Veggie Planet of the best of the best to its customers. When you visit Veggie Planet current location in Mississauga Ontario, you’ll instantly be transported to a fascinating world where you’ll be lost for choice between Indian street food, Veggie Burger, Veggie Pizza, Planet Special Poutine, Naanza, Kawa Nuggets and Kawa Drumstick and host of Indian Drinks made the traditional way, and fusion food with a desi touch, you’ll find them here in a range of options – vegetarian, Jain, Swaminarayan and vegan.

The best part about modern Indian vegetarian restaurants in Mississauga and Brampton is their willingness to experiment with recipes and fine-tune them so that they appeal to contemporary tastes but retain their authentic traits. That’s why, at Veggie Planet, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find the menu displays pizzas with typically Indian toppings like Pav Bhaaji or Chaat or even Paneer.

There’s more waiting to thrill your taste buds. For instance, you can order a veggie burger, samosa burger, kawa burger or even noodles burger! And if it’s liquid pleasure that your taste buds hunger for, you can try out faloodas or mango shakes. What better way to end a satisfying meal at veggie planet, than Paan Kulfi or a Malai Kulfi? Or perhaps, you prefer to sip a Masala Soda or Chaas, the traditional Indian Butter Milk drink.

The world and Greater Toronto Area residents are slowly but steadily waking up to the health benefits of vegetarian food. Less cholesterol formation, lower risk of diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are just some of the benefits of opting for a pure vegetarian diet. Indian food with its inherent stress on pure vegetarian ingredients, is a tasty but healthy option for today’s food lovers. Be it a veggie burger or pizza, Mississauga residents know where to head to, when hunger pangs strike. Apart from tasty vegetarian food and comfort foods, the key takeaway from Indian vegetarian restaurants is the opportunity for people to spend quality time with family and friends.

Going a step beyond vegetarianism, the concept of Veganism is capturing the imagination of food lovers too in Brampton, Mississauga and Ontario. And Indian restaurant owners are losing no time in dishing out recipes to lure this new breed of food lovers.

At veggie planet, the menu has sufficient options for new Vegans as well as die-hard Jain and Swaminarayan food options that do not include even garlic and onion! So, you now know where to head for answers if the question on your mind is, ‘what are the great vegan restaurants near me?’ Thanks to the profusion of vegan restaurants, Mississauga and Brampton is a popular hangout for people who relish taste but are concerned about the vegan quality of their food. When you choose a vegan dish at Veggie Planet, you can be sure that it’s completely free of milk, dairy products and similar animal products. Here, a vegan food item is truly vegan, not vegetarian.

For people staying in and around Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto and wondering, ‘where will I find Indian food near me?’, all you need to do is find your way to Veggie Planet, the top-rated vegetarian restaurant boasts of as its own homegrown enterprise. In fact, it is also famous for contemporary western foods with a vegetarian twist. Be it a Veggie Burger or a pizza, Mississauga vegetarian food aficionados know where to find it. The best part is that these vegetarian restaurants are a labor of love for food enthusiasts who quit lucrative professions in other fields, to set up their vegetarian restaurants. The passion and commitment to creating food that is unique in taste is clearly visible when one scans through the menu options at Veggie Planet.

Thanks to the profusion of aromatic spices used in the food they conjure up, you can literally smell an Indian restaurant Mississauga from afar. Open during business hours, six days a week, veggie planet prefers to keep its doors open on Sundays for patrons. Instead, Monday is a holiday. So, you know where to brunch or gorge upon pure vegetarian and vegan Indian delicacies in Mississauga! What’s more, distance is no longer a problem for food lovers Brampton, Toronto and GTA.

With convenient online ordering via website and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available, getting your choice of vegan food is not a problem at all. In fact, when it comes to choosing vegan restaurants or an Indian restaurant, Brampton residents also make a beeline for Veggie Planet.

So, the next time you feel like giving yourself a treat, think Indian restaurant, think vegetarian restaurant, think Indian street food, think vegan, Veggie Burger, Veggie Pizza and Indian Drinks, remember that you only have Veggie Planet – where authentic Indian taste couples with contemporary expectations – to deliver drool-worthy dishes – a mélange of hot and spice, sweet and sour. But most importantly, giving top priority to your vegetarian sensitivities and preferences in GTA. With such tantalizing food options available at your doorstep in Mississauga, it really doesn’t matter whether one is resident in India or Canada! Veggie Planet is location at 6985 Davand Dr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 or Website veggieplanet.ca.