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High protein food options: Lentils, cashews / cashew butter, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Hummus, chick peas/garbonzo beans, a variety of different beans, different types of nuts, raisins, and also avacado, brussle sprouts, eggs, etc.
If you're choosing to be vegetarian, keep a balanced diet. You cannot just eat greens and fruit, make sure you're taking your proteins, carbs, healthy fats, etc. into consideration too!
A great vegetarian recipe I personally enjoy is peanut sauce with tofu, noodles and fried vegetables.
1) put some water on the stove, let it come to a boil and add your pasta. (I like the vegetable pasta, but it's entirely your choice)
2) While your pasta is cooking, add 1tbsp coconut oil in a pan, add some white onion, and sautee it a bit. The add some veggies you like (I stick with sweet red peppers sliced thin, some baby spinach, snap peas, and even a small chilie pepper if i'm looking for a spice in the dish) You can add tofu at this time and fry it up a bit too!
- Once everything's in the pan, add 2 whopping tablespoons of peanut butter of your choice. It'll melt, and coat all the vegetables.
3) Drain the pasta, and toss it into the pan with the other vegetables, coating it in the peanut sauce.
4) Put it into a dish after everything is combined, and sprinkle with additional chopped peanuts as an extra crunch. (I use a food processor for chopping nuts, it's quick and way easier)
This is a delicious dish, very high in vitamins, proteins, and very healthy too. :)
Another great tip for vegetarian diet is make sure you try and use different ingredients in your foods. I personally like easy breakfasts, that are also nutritious. An example of this is large glake oats, dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds all combined and cooked together with a bit of sugar. Brown sugar is great in oatmeal.
Find foods you like, but also be willing to try and explore new areas of food too. Seeds make a great snack, and additional vitamins, minerals and fibre source.
Make sure you're getting your intake of B12, calcium, Iron, and Zinc. These are important, and usually we do happen to become lower in these when changing our diets to vegetarian. Supplements may be required if you're very low, but work with your body.
I hope you can find a diet that works for you. Stick with it, you'll get there!