To some, the thought of going vegetarian is borderline offensive. Give up steak? Bacon? But there are many more benefits than you might think if you decide to become an herbivore. In fact, if you are at risk for multiple diseases or you are currently living with a chronic condition, going vegetarian could reduce your risk or help you better manage your disease. Medical News Today provided a round-up of studies that proved the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. The benefits include: lower body weight, better cholesterol levels, longer life, lower risk of cancer, as well as lower risk of developing multiple diseases.
But committing to a vegetarian diet can be difficult. The challenges in maintaining a plant-based diet might seem endless and you might not know where to start. That’s why we’ve collected some of the best vegetarian recipes from our friends at Berkeley Wellness. Meal plan with these yummy vegetarian options this week and feel your body say a big “thank you”.
Going vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to give up burgers. These meatless burgers are a satisfying alternative with much more health benefits than your standard greasy hamburgers.
Quinoa Pilaf with Cherries & Pecans
Quinoa is your best friend when it comes to creating vegetarian meals as it is jam-packed with protein, amino acids, vitamin E, iron, and magnesium. Try this sweet and savory recipe in the middle of the week as a pick-me-up.
All the Soups
Can soups be vegetarian and still hearty? YES. Plus you can make a lot of these soups ahead of time so you have more time to squeeze in that workout before dinner or lunch.
Lentil, Goat Cheese and Beet Salad
Salads don’t have to be boring and this salad proves it. Mix it up with interesting combinations like beets and goat cheese. Don’t be afraid to get colorful with salads by combining all sorts of veggies. Lunches just got more festive.
Basmati Rice and Chickpeas
India is well-known for their delicious vegetarian dishes and this one is an Indian take on rice and beans. If you’re craving delivery or takeout, opt for this easy basmati rice dish instead.
Tofu-fy Your Meals
Tofu is one of the most versatile ingredients around. Firm tofu can be a great substitute for recipes where you might’ve had meat, and soft tofu can be added to softer foods like pudding. When in doubt, tofu-fy.
Yumhee Park is a former content producer for HealthCentral.com.