|Healthy Veggie Meal|
A well-balanced vegetarian diet consists mostly of plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Find alternatives for egg and dairy products if you are following a vegan diet - Milk,drink fortified soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk.Coconut milk is also becoming popular, and has 50 percent more calcium than regular whole milk.
Ensure that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs - Protein – eggs and dairy products, soy products, meat substitutes, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Start with vegetarian dishes with which you are already familiar - experiment with new meal ideas,Look up vegetarian recipes online or look through vegetarian cookbooks for some ideas.
Eat your vegetables - Vegetables and fruits provide nutrients and vitamins. Try to buy from local farmers markets and organically if possible.
Find protein and fiber in legumes - Beans are inexpensive, available year round and easier to prepare.
Whole grains are essential to any diet and should be consumed at every meal. Eat plenty of short grain brown rice, wild rice and avoid the flavored and par boiled rice mixes.
Avoid processed foods - Even foods that say they are fortified don't come near the original nutritional content of the food
Eat a good breakfast - Try smoothies, hot or cold whole grain cereals, fruits and a cup of green tea or organic coffee
MM Healthy TIP - Drink plenty of water :)