A vegetarian is a person who abstains from eating meat, including fish and seafood because she cares about animal welfare and the environment (or for health reasons).
Even if you don’t eat meat, it’s vital for your health that you consume enough protein, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. After cutting out meat, you are sometimes more likely to indulge in junk foods (such as french fries, cheese pizza, etc). The good news is that you can learn or to cook easy vegetarian meals in order to reduce hunger and get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
We recommend some ingredients to add to your grocery list that are worth your while to keep on hand in the kitchen:
Whole grains are cheap and you can keep them for a long time (up to six months!). Whole grains include whole oats, whole-grain barley, bulgur, amaranth, buckwheat or sorghum. But why brown rice is better than white rice for example?
The difference with the brown rice is that it retains the fibrous husk, bran, and germ of the plant which adds the nutty flavor and provides extra dietary fiber as well as vitamins and minerals (magnesium, manganese, and selenium). This is why brown rice will keep you fuller longer (ideal for weight loss).
We recommend combining the whole grain of your choice with some beans in order to receive a complete protein.
Legumes and beans
It exists a variety of beans so that you can buy different kinds and keep them on hand. You can soak dry beans in water overnight and cook them the day after. Otherwise, canned beans are great (not high in sodium). Add it to your burrito or salads!
Eggs are great to have on hand because you have a lot of possibilities to prepare them (by boiling, scrambling or poaching them) and it stays fresh during three to four weeks in the fridge! Even if eggs are high in cholesterol, the cholesterol they contain is healthy (most of the time we call it “good cholesterol”).
The best thing for vegetarians when it comes to weight loss is vegetables! They are fresh, rich in fiber and contain lots of vitamins! You can freeze them and they will stay fresh as they come and are often even better than the vegetables you buy at the grocery store!
But keep in mind that in order to lose weight, you should combine a healthy diet with daily physical activity.