A healthy vegetarian diet is typically low in fat and high in fiber. However, even a vegetarian diet can be high in fat if it includes excessive amounts of fatty snack foods, fried foods, whole milk dairy products, and eggs. Therefore, a vegetarian diet, like any healthy diet, must be well planned in order to help prevent and treat certain diseases. Some tips for choosing a healthy vegetarian fare
- Choose whole-grain products (e.g. wholewheat bread, brown rice, or
whole-grain cereals instead of refined or white grains.
- Eat a wide variety of foods.
- If you eat dairy products, choose non-fat or low-fat varieties.
- Limit intake of sweets and high fat foods rich in calories.
- Planning is the key-When shopping for food, plan ahead, shop with a
list and read food labels.
- Most vegetarian foods can be found in any grocery store. Specialty
food stores may carry some of the more uncommon items, as well as
many vegetarian convenience foods.Becoming a vegetarian is simple and easy if only you choose to make it. Whether you enjoy preparing elaborate meals or choose quick and easy ones, vegetarian meals can be very satisfying. Some handy tips to stock your kitchen
- Ready-to-eat, whole-grain breakfast cereals, and quick-cooking whole-grain cereals such as oatmeal
- Whole-grain breads and crackers, such as rye, whole wheat, and mixed grain
- Other grains such as barley and bulgur wheat
- Canned beans, such as pinto, black beans and garbanzo beans
- Rice (including brown, wild, etc.)
- Pasta (now available in whole wheat, spinach, and other flavors) with tomato sauce and canned beans and/or chopped veggies
- Corn or flour tortillas
- Vegetarian soups easy to prepare and great to taste like lentil or tomato soup
- Nut spreads (e.g. peanut or almond butter)
- Fresh fruits