5 Practical & Stress-Free Tips to Start a Plant-Based, Vegetarian Diet

Have you been thinking about going vegetarian? With October being National Vegetarian Month, now is the perfect time to give it a whirl!

Whether you’re a meat eater who’s curious about incorporating more plant-based options or you’ve recently started a vegetarian diet, we’ve got you covered when it comes to shifting toward a vegetarian lifestyle with ease! This week on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing five practical & stress-free tips to help you kickstart your meatless diet this month.

 

5 Tips to Start a Vegetarian Diet this Month

  1. Start with Meatless Mondays
  2. Choose Plant-Based Protein
  3. Get Creative with Meatless Recipe Alternatives
  4. Stock Up on Vegetarian Staples
  5. Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market

 

  1. Start with Meatless Mondays

There’s no need to make changes to your lifestyle overnight! If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, start slow by making small changes such as trying Meatless Mondays. Get your family and friends involved, and have fun trying out some new vegetarian recipes each week! Consider taking turns cooking and prepping ahead by writing out your menu plan for the month.

 

  1. Choose Plant-Based Protein        

As you begin to adapt to a vegetarian lifestyle, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting enough protein. Protein powders are a great way to get your protein fix — but remember, not all powders are created equally!

Be sure to choose a plant-based supplement with ingredients you can trust like our Maximum Vibrance (packed with probiotics, antioxidants and a whopping 20 grams of plant protein per serving)!

 

  1. Get Creative with Meatless Recipe Alternatives

Going vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite meals. You just may have to get a little creative in the kitchen!

Enjoy plant-based alternatives of your tried and true recipes — like subbing tofu or tempeh for chicken, lentils or quinoa for ground beef, or giving Beyond plant-based meat products a try. Play around with different textures and flavors as you experiment in the kitchen.

 

  1. Stock Up on Vegetarian Staples           

There’s nothing worse than an empty fridge or pantry when you’re hungry — especially when you’re starting a new vegetarian diet. Be sure to stock your kitchen with vegetarian staples like whole grains, lentils, beans, eggs, avocado, nuts and seeds, and a variety of fresh produce.

Here are some more foods to include as part of a plant-based, gut healthy diet!

 

  1. Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market

Having fresh fruits and veggies on hand is key to a vegetarian diet! We love cooking up plant-based meals or adding fresh or frozen produce into our smoothies like this autumn Pear-y Green Pineapple Smoothie.

Shop your local farmer’s market for a variety of fresh, in-season produce! Here’s our top produce picks for the fall season (and meal ideas to add them into your diet).

 

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended as a substitute for advice provided by a competent health care professional. You should not use this information in diagnosing or treating a health problem. No claim or opinion in this blog is intended to be, nor should be construed to be, medical advice. If you are now taking any drugs, prescribed or not, or have a medical condition, please consult a competent physician who is aware of herb/drug interactions before taking any herbal supplements. The information presented herein has not been evaluated by the FDA or the Department of Health and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, cure, mitigate or treat any disease or illness.

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