Okay, I get this all the time! More than I care to actually admit. I tell someone I am a vegetarian and I hear “Then what do you eat?!”. Like there is no other food on this planet other than meat.
Confession time…. I was the same way! I wondered if I became a vegetarian then what would I eat if I couldn’t have meat!? So I guess it’s a fair question to ask when you don’t know any better.
I hope this post can help clear things up for those who still do not know that answer. I know I haven’t put up many of my recipes yet (I will soon I promise), but there is a great variety of foods that I like to enjoy.
I made a daily meal plan that I stick to each day and repeat every week. This keeps things nice and simple. I need nice and simple!
I decided on: breakfast for dinner night, Mexican night, pizza night, sandwich night, pasta night, mushroom night, and anything vegetarian night. All of these have tons of protein available.
During the day I usually have breakfast which consists of one of the following: Protein Smoothie (add chia seeds, hemp seeds, greek yogurt, nut butter, etc for protein), a mushroom and cheese omelet, dry cereal (I don’t drink milk), or a granola bar. For a snack I usually have fruit. My favorite fruit right now is giant red grapes. For lunch I have one of the following: peanut butter sandwich on whole grain wheat toast (yes it matters the whole grain makes the peanut butter a complete protein), mushroom ravioli (freezer mean by lean cuisine), protein smoothie if I didn’t have one for breakfast, or grilled cheese sandwich with chips.
So as you can see there are some healthy options there. I am currently challenging myself to move away from the processed foods. There are lots of fruits and proteins there along with lots of healthy fiber and nutrients.
Since protein seems to be the biggest issue when telling someone you are a vegetarian, let’s look at a chart that shows how much protein we really need in our daily diet. I bet it is less than you think!
Here is a nice little chart I found on proteins. And of course we cannot forget the protein found in cheese and yogurt. Hope this post helps clear some things up.