Some people may find sticking to a vegetarian diet is too hard or they don't want to be so rigid and they don’t want to bother. Here is a step-down plan of ideas that can help you to be healthier than you may have been before to improve your health easily:
Cut out junk food or fast food eating by trying these substitutes:
Soy and veggie burgers usually contain less saturated fat than beef burgers, some feature high-quality soy protein, and most have at least a couple of grams of fiber, too. Any brand of non-meat type burger, like Soy based or black bean based. (Limit the amount of soy you eat) since soy is not that good for you.
Any Pizza's that are frozen with meat substitute: Check the ingredient label to find out for sure, but some brands are definitely suitable for lacto vegetarians. Check out these fun flavors:Amy’s Pizza Pesto (1/3 Pizza, 128 grams, contains 310 calories, 12 g fat, 12 g protein, 2 g fiber) Freschetta Brick Oven Roasted Portabella, Mushroom and Spinach (142 gram serving contains 280 calories, 10 g fat, 12 g protein, 2 g fiber) Whole Foods 365 Roasted Vegetable Pizza with Goat Cheese (142 gram serving contains 270 calories, 7 g fat, 12 g protein, 3 g fiber)
Frozen cheese-filled tortellini and ravioli. In the fresh and frozen pasta sections of your supermarket, you’ll probably find at least three brands of meatless tortellini and raviolis. Just pop them in your freezer and when the mood hits, you just boil them in some water and voila! Add a meatless sauce (marinara, a drizzle of olive oil, pesto, or a vegetarian white sauce) and some vegetables, you’re good to go.Beans make great meat replacements, probably because they’re super-satisfying with high amounts of protein and fiber. You might not notice the meat’s missing when you are eating chili bursting with beans. A bean burrito makes a fine meal, and vegetable stew can be quite filling when you add beans. Veggie pot pie, featuring potatoes, peas, mushrooms and any other vegetables with a vegetarian gravy and a vegetarian pie crust (if desired). Mexican dishes featuring beans and veggies and added shrimp or fish instead of beef and chicken: burritos, nachos, enchiladas, etc. using mushrooms, zucchini and assorted red and black beans for protein. Stir-fry some Chinese style dishes as stove-top saute with veggies and pasta or non-wheat grain like rice pasta and quinoa or brown rice. Stuffed bell peppers with a mixture of rice with spices and vegetables. Add vegetarian sausage, tofu, or beans to make the dish more satisfying. Layer your lasagna with veggies, not meat. Lasagna has so much going for it (sauce, cheese, noodles, spices, etc.) that you won’t miss the meat. You can do the same with other pasta dishes, too. Macaroni and cheese doesn’t need meat either. Neither does fettuccine Alfredo, nor cheese tortellini with pesto or marinara sauce. Substitute hearty vegetables that have substantial texture and a rich, satisfying flavor (like eggplant, spinach, portabella mushrooms, zucchini) for the meat in your favorite dishes. Thick slices of broiled eggplant can replace chicken in eggplant parmesan, and spinach can stand in for ground beef in lasagna. A grilled portabella mushroom served on a bun can even take the place of a burger.
Taking smaller steps to eat healthier does not have to be too difficult. You can be mindful of ordering in restaurants too by asking if they can substitute a meat recipe for a non-meat delicious alternative. Beans and rice is a healthy protein substitute for meat anytime!