7 Day Vegetarian Meal Plan
You don’t necessarily need to be a vegetarian to start benefiting from some meatless meals in your diet. Choosing to become a vegetarian for either moral, health or religious reasons, is a personal choice but one that should be well planned out.
Going meatless a few times a week will also save you money at the grocery store. There are so many delicious, money-saving recipes available that you won’t even miss the meat!
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How Going Meatless Even A Few Days Improves the Nutritional Quality of Your Diet
Vegetarian eating is increasingly becoming more popular because more studies are showing how meatless diets are nutritionally sufficient, healthful and beneficial in preventing the development of chronic diseases.
Meatless diets are not necessarily always healthier than omnivorous diets. A diet including soda, fries, and sweets is a meatless diet after all and it is definitely not healthy! Eating plant-based foods that are not providing your body key nutrients is the same thing.
Experts say it needs careful vegetarian diet to meet your body’s nutritional requirements. When properly planned and executed, meatless diets provide all the necessary nutrients, such as dietary fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
One of the common problems vegetarians face is the deficiency of some key nutrients, such as vitamin B12, protein, calcium, iron, and zinc, which are mostly found in animal meats. You can only get vitamin B12 from animal products. Intake of vitamin B12 supplements of consumption of foods, such as cereals, fortified with the vitamin can help reduce your risk of becoming vitamin B12 deficient.
For protein, you can get it from egg and dairy but if you do not eat those anymore you can get protein from grains, legumes, nuts and seeds which are also rich in calcium and zinc. Beans, tofu, and fortified cereals are good sources of iron. To prevent nutritional deficiencies, it helps to eat varied plant foods.
If you plan to go vegetarian or totally meatless, one most important thing you should keep in mind is making sure you get all the nutrients your body needs. Do your research first and ask help from a professional if you’re not sure.