Time for a Food Change
For the past few weeks I have been on a vegetarian diet (no meat and fish) to help myself become a healthier and feel better me – I’ve called this my 28 Days Crave Veggies Challenge. As I enter my final (peas-ful) week on a vegetarian diet, I ask the question: Would you go meat-free for a day, week or weekend with me? It’s easier than you might think – let’s do it together? This meat-free challenge has been a new food experience, I have seen myself cooking more at home from scratch, being more adventurous with vegetables and flavours to replace the flavour of meat, and have felt less bloated and tired.
Kicking the ‘habit’ of eating meat and giving the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month is something we should all try and encouraging others to do so too.
Porridge made with soya milk, swirled with natural honey and cinnamon.
Homemade fresh smoothies: Strawberry and Banana Smoothie with apple juice and plenty of crushed ice. I used a really ripe banana for a stronger taste and smell – a great source of energy.
Showing the cauliflower some love-in. Gorgeous veggie curry with onions, cauliflower, peas and Quorn served with a side portion of stir-fry beansprouts (recipe can be found on Day 16), served with boiled rice. The humble cauliflower deserves a regular rotation in our diet: high in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Don’t underestimate the nutritive value of cauliflower. If it’s been a while since you’ve given it a try, make it a point to give it another chance soon (I did).
Choosing Cauliflower Tip:
To choose the best cauliflower select firm, compact, creamy-white heads with florets pressed tightly together. A yellow tinge indicates over-maturity, and any leaves should be bright green and crisp.
A change in diet doesn’t have to change your lifestyle. It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll continue to keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter of my final week on a vegetarian diet. Bring on Day 22 – thanks for reading :) – Cindz