Because of growing concerns about health and the environment, people are ditching the processed stuff in favor of whole foods. This is a good thing. While it’s true that eating a healthy diet doesn’t necessarily mean being a vegetarian, many people are choosing to be both for the greater good.
With all the different vegetarian options in this book, eating well without feeling deprived is easy. There are so many ways to eat more whole food, even if you aren’t ready to give up red meat just yet completely. In this cookbook, you’ll find recipes for every meal, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We focus on whole foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains that are perfectly balanced to provide you with energy and keep your body healthy.
This book is for vegetarians of all levels—vegetarian-curious to vegetarian-committed. We’re going to take you through everything from what a healthy vegetarian diet looks like and give you recipes you can try in the first 28-day of going vegetarian. You’ll also find a meal plan and a shopping list at the end of this cookbook to get you started on the right foot!
Now that you know the building blocks of a nutritious and well-balanced vegetarian meal, it’s time to put it all into practice. We hope this cookbook will inspire you to start making some of your favorite meals for yourself and your family. We hope you’ll enjoy the recipes, and we hope you’ll find this cookbook a valuable resource for healthy vegetarian eating.
Vegetarian Diet 101
In recent years, there has been a movement towards adopting vegetarian diet. While a vegetarian diet may not be for everybody, many people are of the opinion that it is a healthier option than eating meat every day. Additionally, there are many health benefits to being a vegetarian, including weight loss and better blood cholesterol levels. Therefore, if you want to lessen some extra pounds, adopt a vegetarian diet as one of your goals. Not only will you feel better about yourself, but you will also be helping to save the environment at the same time.
You can simply omit meat from your diet and call it a day, or you can delve into the many variations of vegetarianism. For example, you can choose to eliminate red meats and poultry from your diet completely. The most important thing is that you stay consistent with your new eating habits so that they become permanent over time. No matter what your reason for following a vegetarian diet is, there’s no doubt that it can be healthy.
Types of Vegetarians
There is a wide variety of vegetarian diets, which can be broken down into these categories:
Lacto-Vegetarian- This is the most common form of vegetarianism. This type of vegetarian diet that aside from eating plant-based, it also includes only dairy products. Eating eggs, fish, meats and poultry is restricted.
Lacto-Ovo – It allows eggs and dairy products but excludes meat, fish, poultry and any other animal products.
Pescetarian- This type of vegetarian diet includes only plant-based foods but also includes dairy, eggs, fish and seafood.
Flexitarian- This type of vegetarian diet includes only plant-based foods but occasionally has meat, fish, poultry or eggs.
Vegan- This is the strictest form of vegetarianism and it excludes any animal products whatsoever. It includes only plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and beans.
Health Benefits of Going Vegetarian
The vegetarian diet has gained popularity largely because of the benefits that it can provide. There are several health benefits to a vegetarian diet and here are some of them:
- lower cholesterol levels
- lower blood pressure levels
- lower risks of heart disease and/or Type 2 diabetes
- reduced risks of some cancers like colon cancer and breast cancer
- weight loss
- lower risks of osteoporosis
- reduced risks of dental cavities
- improved longevity