There are many reasons people turn to vegetarianism. Some people may seek better health while others are concerned about our diets’ environmental impact. However, for some people, the idea of going vegetarian may feel too daunting- a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables or uncertainty of where to get vegetarian food can pose a problem when trying to eat healthily. The good news is that are plenty of resources available to help you go and stay vegetarian- from apps to local sources of healthy food. Here are five tips to help you go vegetarian that will have you feeling like a pro in no time!
Use Meal Plans and Cookbooks
If you love to cook but don’t know where to start with making vegetarian meals, you may consider using meal plans like Plant-Based on a Budget, Forks Over Knives, or a vegetarian cookbook. If you opt for a meal plan, one benefit is that many meal plans also include a shopping list feature that allows you to compile ingredients you’ll need as you plan your meals, making shopping less daunting. In addition, meal plans and cookbooks can help you stay on track with your diet and enjoy delicious food as you do it.
Visit the Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s Markets are an excellent resource for everyone, especially those looking to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition to healthy foods, farmer’s markets provide a unique experience as you have the chance to meet the farmers that grow your food, and you can also meet and connect with other like-minded people in your community. Access to fresh produce is the most significant benefit of the farmers’ market. The produce you will find at the farmers’ market is more delicious than what is available in the local grocery store and more nutritious as it is ripened on the vine. Even more than that, the farmer’s market may also help your budget as you’ll get to know your local farmers and may be able to negotiate prices. You can find a local farmer’s market here if you’d like to incorporate the farmer’s market into your shopping routine.
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Join a Community Supported Agriculture Group
If your community does not have a farmer’s market, you can still get fresh fruits and vegetables through community-supported agriculture (CSA). CSA is another way of buying fresh produce from a local farmer. Members of a CSA buy “shares” of a local farm, then receive regular deliveries of various products as they become available. Additionally, many CSA farms also offer eggs and honey from the farm, and farm boxes usually include flyers with recipes and other information for the shareholders. If money is a concern, inquire with your local CSA about financial support programs. There are CSAs across the nation; find one near you here.
Use Meal Kits
Another excellent option for staying on track with your healthy eating is to use meal kits. At the height of convenience, several companies offer meal prep kits that arrive right at your doorstep. Kits come with every ingredient you need to make delicious, healthy meals. From Sunbasket to Trifecta, most companies offer the option to filter meal choices to be vegetarian. What’s more, meal prep kits save you from having to go out to shop for what you need to cook at home. And, if you’re counting calories or tracking your food, each meal generally comes with nutritional facts. Talk about convenience on every level.
Find Vegetarian Food at Restaurants
Finding great vegetarian options at local restaurants is another excellent option for staying on track with your diet. Whether you decide to try a new place based on recommendations from friends or family or use an app like Happy Cow, you can find delicious and healthy vegetarian meals just about anywhere. Finding vegetarian options at your local restaurant is convenient not only because it saves you time, but you also don’t have to deal with the clean-up afterward. Furthermore, you can have your food prepared exactly how you like it (ahem..skip the butter, please!).
In closing, many options help you stay on track as a vegetarian. From farmer’s markets to meal plans, the choice is yours when deciding which option works best for you. And, if these options are just not doing it for you, there is always the trusty grocery store in your community. So, for those who are still on the fence about vegetarianism, the question is, why not give it a try? Not only can vegetarianism improve your health, but it can also help the planet. Plus, it’s always fun to try new things while improving ourselves. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and give vegetarianism a try!