So, you're ready to try eating less meat. Perhaps you're considering ditching it altogether and going vegan.
You're in good company. Many people are exploring a more plant-based diet, whether it's for better health or to reduce their carbon footprint.
Sherry Schulman, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at the UCI Health Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, recommends choosing whole foods such as:
- High-fiber whole grains
They’re easier to digest than processed foods, which is one reason we tend to feel better when eating them. Processed foods also often contain unhealthy oils, sugars, nitrates and other ingredients.
We have your back with a slew of recipes that are either vegetarian, or can adapted to be vegetarian. We think you'll find that despite the lack of meat, it's possible to enjoy a tasty meal, get a variety of nutrients and feel completely satisfied.
Whip these up in advance for a healthy breakfast.
Quinoa, black beans and egg provide a high-protein start to your day.
Chickpeas are meaty, filling and high in fiber.
Leave out the ground turkey and you've got a great dinner for Meatless Monday.
The health benefits of lentils include lower cholesterol, lower heart disease risk and stabilized blood sugar.
A Mediterranean diet calls for less red meat and more vegetables.
Swap out ground beef for crumbled tofu to make this recipe vegan.
Tofu is one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians, clocking in at 10 grams per half cup.
Swap out chicken broth for vegetable broth to make this warm stew vegetarian.
Beets are firm and meaty, making them a satisfying choice for those on a plant-based diet.