Going meatless for a day is a great way to give your health a boost. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes and some forms of cancer. However, we know it’s daunting to ask regular carnivores to munch on celery sticks for the next 24 hours. So here are some tips and tricks for new Meatless Monday fans.
Eat More: A big pitfall of vegetarian newbies is not getting enough calories throughout the day. A growling stomach right after lunch can have even the best intentioned veggie goer asking “Where’s the beef?” However, plant proteins alone can provide enough of the essential and non-essential amino acids your body needs, as long as sources of dietary protein are varied and you eat enough calories to meet your energy needs. Translation: Veggies have fewer calories than meat, so feel free to hit the salad bar for seconds.
Get Creative: Going meatless doesn’t mean you have to eat a salad for every meal. Whole grain pasta, rice, beans, seeds, and nuts are all delicious sources of nutrients that will help keep you full. Check out our vegetarian recipes for creative ways skip the meat today.
Watch the sweets: It’s easy to convince yourself that a chocolate bar or an extra handful of potato chips is OK today because you’re going veggie. However, it’s best to keep the intake of sweets and fatty foods to a minimum.
Plan ahead: Stock up on extra fruits, veggies and grain products so that your ready to tame any surprise snack attacks. Having many of your favorite meatless options on hand makes it easier to stick with it.
Happy Meatless Monday everyone! Are you vegging out with us today? Leave a comment and tell us how!