0 Comments October 1, 2016Vegetarian

In recognition of World Vegetarian Day, we thought we’d share some tips on how to eat less meat. Whether you wish to go full on vegetarian, or just want to lessen your meat intake a bit, these are easy ways to make your diet more plant based!

1. Change up your Portions


An easy way to eat less meat in general is by changing the classic ratio of meat to vegetable in any given meal. For example, if you’re making stir fry, use twice as many veggies as meat. Or, have a grain or vegetable based dish as the main course and make the meat the side!

2. Beans


For years vegetarians have sworn by beans as a great source of protein. For example, a portion of black beans has just as much protein as a steak of the same size, but with half the calories, lower acidity, and no cholesterol!

3. Meatless Mondays


A fun way to involve the whole family in eating less meat is with Meatless Mondays! It’s a simple way to guarantee that you’re eating more plant based without trying too hard, plus it’s a fun way to try new exciting recipes!

4. Mushrooms


Mushrooms can be used in a multitude of ways in place of meat. The hearty texture is so similar, you may not even notice! Portabellas can be grilled and used in place of burgers, or stuffed with all your favorite fix-in’s.  Or just chop some baby bellas up and put in place of your usual meat based dish (i.e. Taco Filling, Pasta, etc.)!

5. Vegan Before 6


A fun way to help eat less meat or animal products in general is to try to  “vegan before 6” diet. That means that you can keep your dinners however you like, while throughout your day only eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. This is a great stepping stone for someone interested in going vegan but not sure where to start.

6. Eggs


If vegan eating isn’t something you’re interested in, you always have eggs as an excellent meat free option. Not only delicious, eggs are packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and B vitamins. Make sure you buy them Organic & Free Range if possible!

7. Think Outside the Box


One of the most fun things about eating less meat is that you have so many options when it comes to certain cuisine. There are so many of Indian, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes that are vegetarian and even vegan, so think outside the box and try something new!

8. Eggplant


Similarly to mushrooms, eggplants are an excellent meat substitute because of their firm, meaty texture. Eggplant are high in fiber, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin K, while being extremely versatile in grilling, drying, and baking!

9. Plan Your Meals


One trick to staying steady on a more plant based diet is by planning your meals. A great way of doing this is by preparing a few meals large enough to last for the rest of the week, and packaging them in single serving containers!

10. Protein Rich Greens


The unsung heroes on the protein front are grains like quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and teff. They are also high in fiber, iron, and are low on the glycemic index. These grains are helpful in making more grain based meals, with loads of veggies and small portions of meat (or none at all)!

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