Monday, September 13, 2010

Meat Alternatives

The key to moving from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet is to focus on all the amazing foods you can eat instead of all the foods you can't. Many of us have grown up eating meat 2 to 3 times a day, which is very common in the North American diet. This can be a difficult habit to break. However, once you find some new delicious recipes to add to you routine, it will be a cinch.

Eating vegetarian isn't just about eating more salad. It's about creating satisfying dishes with enough protein, carbohydrate, fat and nutrients to satisfy our nutritional needs and tastebuds. Meat alternatives should be included in most meals and snacks throughout the day. This includes:

Tempeh & Tofu
  • Can be used in stir-fry, chili, soup, and pasta dishes

Beans (soy, black, kidney, chickpeas) and lentils
  • Top salads, use in soups & stews,  puree and use as a spread for sandwiches

Nuts & nut butters
  • Easy to include as a snack between meals or try adding nuts to stir-fry and salad 

Eggs (if not vegan)
  • Try egg recipes with your favourite ingredients to make frittata, omelette, or quiche 

There are also some great vegetarian foods out there to use instead of meat in meals. Such as:

Veggie Burgers & Veggie Dogs

Soy ground round, veggie chicken or sliced meat

Try something new today, you might be surprised at how delicious meat-free food can be!

Much love & good eating,


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