Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Meat Out, Veggies In!"

The following are good suggestions in incorporating more vegetables in your diet.

- Substitute animal proteins with plant proteins. Use beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, tofu, miso, broccoli, kale, and ready-made meat substitutes in place of animal protein. Hummus sandwiches, tofu stir-fry, veggie burgers, bean burritos, vegetarian chili, trail-mix, lentil soup, nut loaves, nut pate, hemp-protein shakes, and granola with nuts are examples of high plant protein dishes.

- Make a fun and healthy treat: top a graham cracker with frozen yogurt, add sliced banana and make a sandwich. Freeze and save for a treat.

- On the go? Throw some almond milk, frozen strawberries and a banana in the blender for thirty seconds. Add a few kale leaves for some extra nutrition.

- Make colorful veggie kabobs with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and seitan (a meat substitute made of wheat gluten). Soak in your favorite marinade and grill or broil to perfection.

Get in the habit of adding grated, shredded or chopped vegetables like zucchini, spinach, carrots and beets to any whole grain pasta or rice dishes.
You can read the entire Down to Earth article here.

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