Going Flexitarian? A Healthy Way to Eat Less Meat

Going Flexitarian? A Healthy Way to Eat Less Meat

Thinking about following a Flexitarian diet? It is a great way to eat healthy and still enjoy meat…just less of it.

You may have heard about a healthy eating culture that has exploded in recent years. This explosion has gone hand in hand with the birth of Flexitarians. These are people who are part-time vegetarians in order to have a healthier diet, but who also eat some meat and seafood.

I’ve mentioned before that I follow a mostly plant-based diet. I have a vegetarian breakfast and lunch. My snacks are packed with plant-based protein. But for dinner, I enjoy some meat with my meal. There are also times I have a strictly vegetarian meal. I am a Flexitarian.

Going Flexitarian? A Healthy Way to Eat Less Meat
A mostly plant-based lifestyle – #MeatlessMonday

Becoming a Flexitarian

Today, every supermarket stocks vegetarian foods. Every food magazine and website offers vegetarian recipes. But the abundance of information available can be overwhelming for someone who is new to the Flexitarian lifestyle.

Start gradually

If you usually have meat-heavy meals, try eating vegetarian once a week. Have you heard of #MeatlessMonday? There is a great website – www.meatlessmonday.com – dedicated to lowering consumption of saturated fat.

Buy a vegetarian cookbook and keep trying new dishes

Trial and error is the best way to develop your taste and find favorites. Still want your meat, even that one night? You could try foods that combine meat with vegetables or grains.

Going Flexitarian? A Healthy Way to Eat Less Meat
Enjoy meatless foods from other regions of the world! Like Chilean Sea Bass 🙂

Use smaller portions of meat in your meals

Avoid the misconception that the meal has to be centered around meat. A balanced diet is based on balanced meals. Reducing meat portions in favor of other parts of the meal is an easy change that does not require great effort or expertise.

Look to other areas of the world

Faced with the huge variety of meatless meals out there, it can be smart to start with just one cuisine. If your ancestors were immigrants, try the meatless foods that their region has to offer. Do you have many Italian friends? Focus on pizzas and pastas. Try middle eastern dishes falafel and hummus.

Roasted Garlic, Onion and Parsnip Hummus
Try new dishes like hummus. It is super easy to make!

Make healthy lifestyle choices

Diet changes are much more effective when accompanied by other lifestyle changes. You are also more likely to stick to your new lifestyle when you are already experiencing changes on your plate. Add exercise to your regime and minimize unhealthy habits such as drinking.

Finally, do what feels right to you

With healthy eating comes guidelines and many people eager to share their ideas with you. Flexitarianism is meant to allow you to choose your own path. Don’t worry about whether you are up to date on the latest trends.

Moderating your meat consumption is an important step towards limiting your fat intake, preventing heart disease and balancing your diet. By taking these first few steps, you can be well on your way to a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.

Spinach Black Bean Quinoa Salad: Protein Packed
Get your proteins from plants, beans and eggs

Need More Help Going Flexitarian?

Do you have any recipes you are looking for? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to speak with you.

And don’t forget, if you aren’t sure of what you are doing in the kitchen but want to eat healthy, you can sign up for my FREE Cooking Basics how-to-tips! You’ll get an email every week for an entire year. That’s 52 helpful kitchen tips! Everything from how to make the perfect fried egg to different ways to prepare vegetables and how to freeze those fruits & veggies you find at the market 🙂

Enjoy and Be Healthy!

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