If you’re looking to change up your eating habits and want to start introducing more vegetarian meals into your life, then a Flexitarian Diet may be a great new eating habit for you to adopt! A Flexitarian Diet is a style of eating that encourages eating vegetarian foods, whilst allowing yourself to still eat meat products in moderation. This is a great option for those who don’t want to completely cut out meat all together. In this blog post, Spicers of Hythe give you some good tips on how to start incorporating more vegetarian meals into your weekly meal plan…
What is a Flexitarian Diet?
The word flexitarian comes from the combination of flexible and vegetarian. The main positive of a Flexitarian Diet is that it lets people reap the benefits of vegetarian eating, whilst still enjoying the odd bacon sandwich, roast dinner or fry up. The Flexitarian Diet isn’t meant to restrict, and is more of a lifestyle choice. The idea is to eat mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains and focus on protein from plants.
Incorporating more vegetables in your diet
We all find it hard to add vegetables to our daily meals, so here are a couple of creative ways to add veggies into your diet. Starting with breakfast, add more vegetables and fruits by whipping up a smoothie, making yourself a veggie omlette or a beautifully colour-coordinated smoothie bowl bursting with vegetables and fruit. If you’re a big fan of pasta, then flip Tuesday pasta evening on its head and make oodles of noodles out of vegetables! By using courgette or sweet potatoes to replace pasta, you’ll be getting loads of nutrients for not many calories.
More easy veggie food swaps
Getting your veg on doesn’t have to be boring, so why not swap some meat for some of these substitutes?
• If you’re missing that meaty taste, then portobello mushrooms are the way to go! Their flavours are rich and earthy, and they can also be filling. Our favourite way to eat mushrooms is sautéing them in butter and adding some black pepper and balsamic vinegar. You could even make a mushroom stroganoff, rather than beef, and if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could try a stuffed portobello mushroom wellington.
• If you haven’t tried jackfruit yet, then you need to change that quick. Although jackfruit is technically a fruit and can have a sweet taste, you can still use it as a substitute to meat to make a decadent meal. Our favourite suggestion has to be a jackfruit philly cheesesteak sandwich.
• Now this one might be a bit of an obvious one, but potatoes are not just for side dishes! They have the potential to be the main ingredient in so many dishes. Boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew, potatoes have so many ways that they can be used. Why not make a spicy potato cauliflower burger?
If you start trying out some of our vegetarian Flexitarian Diet ideas, then don’t forget to tag us on social and let us know how you’re getting on.
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