Happy World Vegetarian Day! Here’s All You Need To Know About Going Meat Free
Veggie Lovers Unite!
By: Emily J
It seems like everywhere you go there are more vegetarian and vegan items to choose from. For example, Taco Bell was the first fast food chain to offer a full certified vegetarian menu and Starbucks is offering alternative milks in their locations such as almond and coconut. But committing to a meat free lifestyle takes a lot of determination and, if not done correctly, can lead to some serious health risks. But, don’t worry, we have all of the information for you to start a new change.
First thing is that there is a big difference between vegetarianism and vegan. If you want to be a vegetarian, you choose not to eat meat. To be a vegan, you choose not to eat meat or any animal products. That means, no milk, no butter, no eggs, no cheese. However, there are plenty of vegan “dairy” products like Daiya, Earth Balance, and Follow Your Heart.
Perhaps the biggest question that vegetarians and vegans face is getting enough protein and iron. Not getting enough of these can lead to lack of energy and anemia which is never good. Some people take B12 and iron supplements. Other people incorporate iron enriched foods into their diet like spinach and tofu. Also, nuts and seeds are a great source of protein. There are also great options for your cravings like Beyond Meat, House Foods (perfect for vegan noodles!), and Vega (which gives you all your protein and other nutrition into your favorite smoothies).