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Vegetarian Diet Plan

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Becoming a vegetarian can be tough, and it may be easy to sell out and eat pasta everyday, but that doesn’t make for a healthy lifestyle.

This will introduce a very basic vegetarian diet plan that is a healthier starting point.

Morning foods:

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It gives you that energy you need to keep going. As a vegetarian, breakfast is pretty easy. Eggs are a great source of protein. Oatmeal, yogurt with fruit, granola, and even some toast with avocado are all healthy options. I must admit working brunch at my job was the toughest part of transforming into a vegetarian. There is bacon surrounding you, taunting you, everywhere. It would be so easy to pick it up, but practicing self control is a reward.

Breakfast recipes: 

Light Fruit and Nut granola 

Whole Grain Pancakes 

Omelet with Summer Veggies 

Lunch: For me, a good salad is the way to go. It can be tough to get all the vitamins you need when subtracting meat from your diet. That’s why I try to have a spinach salad for lunch most days. Spinach is packed with nutrients, energy, and iron. While salads are healthy for the most part, it is easy to overlook the addicting taste of salad dressings. Pick a lighter balsamic or just drizzle oil and vinegar. That way you can taste the veggies better.

Lunch Recipes: (Other than salads)

Avocado and White Bean Wrap 

BBQ Tofu Sandwich 

Peanut Tofu Wrap 

 

Dinner: Pasta! Yes while eating pasta for every meal is bad, it’s okay if you make healthier choices when it comes to preparing your spaghetti. Choose whole gran noodles instead of white noodles. Fry up some zucchini to add extra nutrients and veggies in the dish. Only use a small amount of pasta sauce. 

Dinner Recipes: 

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Sweet Potato Burrito

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup 

There you have it! That should get you started in the kitchen. By following a meal plan that isn’t all bread and pasta, and is packed with vegetables, you will be meat free and healthy! Your vegetarian diet plan will expand that more you get used to cooking with vegetables. You will become more creative and before you know it you will be inventing the recipes!

 

 

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One Month Down!

Hello my fellow vegetarian want-to-bes!

My new years resolution this year was to finally stick to my desire of not eating meat. So I have one month under my belt and even though it has been a struggle, it feels good to have accomplished something for 30 days.  There are many reasons to become a vegetarian.

Top Ten Reasons to Become a Vegetarian:

  1. Helping animals also helps the global poor
  2. Eating meat supports animal cruelty
  3. Eating meat is bad for the environment
  4. It can help avoid the bird flu
  5. If you wouldn’t eat a dog, why would you eat a chicken?
  6. It helps prevent heart disease
  7. It can be healthy and help lose weight
  8. Improves global peace
  9. Helps prevent cancer
  10. Vegetables are DELICIOUS

Now I know some of you are thinking…come on is this girl serious? It can improve global peace? Ya…sure.

Okay lets not go that far. The main reasons I decided to become a vegetarian is to improve my self control, do my part in improving the environment, and because I am very against animal cruelty. Lastly, what tipped me over the edge was a book that I had read when I was traveling last summer. The book was called I am a Strange Loop by by Douglas Hofstadter. There was a chapter about sizes of souls, and what exactly makes one animal’s soul bigger than another. Why is it okay to kill deer, but not elephants. Why is it okay to eat a pig or cow, but not a dog or cat. You get the point. Not everyone has to believe what I believe, but for whatever reason you’re embarking on this journey it’s nice not to be alone.

This blog will explore how to be a HEALTHY vegetarian on a college student’s dime. Yes, I said healthy. There is such thing as an unhealthy vegetarian. All that processed food and bread may be seem easy but it’s not worth it. Think Veggies. You can do some kick-ass things with vegetables.

This week I will be trying these recipes:

Black Bean, Feta, and Avocado Tacos 

Guacamole Grilled Cheese 

I will keep you guys updated and post my results right here!

stay happy, stay healthy, stay upbeat, don’t eat meat!

Cheats:  I had broccoli cheddar soup I’m pretty sure was made with chicken broth, I at something that someone told me was vegetarian but I’m pretty sure it had taco meat in it!