Tune in to Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday, May 3 for recipes that are part of a flexitarian diet. A flexitarian diet is an approach to eating that cuts back on meat consumption, but doesn’t eliminate it completely. This diet particularly appeals to people who would like to be vegetarian for environmental reasons, but find going completely meatless too big a challenge.
Anna and Kristina test out recipes from The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone in Between, a cookbook by Peter Berley. The Flexitarian Table promises to offer solutions for families that have both staunch vegetarians and meat lovers. Will beans really make a good substitute for lamb? Watch to find out!
Over the past month I’ve tried something new: vegetarianism. I’ve read much about a vegetarian diet, including how it can reduce your saturated fat intake (if you choose the right foods), help reduce your footprint on the Earth and help you increase how many fruits and vegetables you eat. Plus, I just wanted to see if I could do it- and how, or if, it would affect my desire to eat meat. Well, I’m 20 days and counting as being meat-free in my diet, and while I haven’t craved any meat yet, I have noticed a few benefits I didn’t expect.
3 Unique Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
1. More energy. Within just a few days of going meatless in my meals I noticed that I had more energy. This could be to my increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans, but I found that even though I was eating the same amount of physical food at meals and snacks, that the food felt lighter in my stomach and I didn’t have that heavy after-lunch or after-dinner feeling that you can get. Instead I had the energy to go for a walk or even squeeze in an extra 10 minutes of exercise!
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