Fall in Love with Veggies!

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Initially, it was an idea that came up one night at dinner chatting with my husband about the importance of what we choose to put into our body to stay healthy. I said: “Why don’t we try a vegetarian diet for three months?” It didn’t seem such a big deal, so we decided to go for it!

One of the first challenges I faced was the flavor of food. Many people think that veggies have to be paired with animal protein to be satisfying for the palate, and being a lover of intense flavors I was a bit worried. Luckily, spices came to the rescue! If you think that veggies are boring, get ready to change your mind with these delicious tips!

  • Indian spices, like turmeric and cumin, are incredibly flavorful and perfect for a lentil soup. Paprika is another great addition to a chickpea soup.
  • Garlic can make magic happen in every dish, and it becomes an irreplaceable asset in the kitchen when you roast veggies and when you prepare salad dressings. One of my favorite recipes is kale salad with chickpeas, with tons of garlic of course!
  • Honey is the surprise element for your salad dressing. Mix it with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper, and I guarantee you will fall in love! Try this delicious Mexican salad with honey-lime dressing, or use this dressing for a simple spinach salad with avocado, tomato, almonds, and hard-boiled eggs. Yummy!
  • Lemon adds freshness to earthy soups, and it’s also great to balance the sweetness of some dressings. You can add a pinch of acidity to all the recipes I recommended.
  • If you have a craving for creaminess add some goat cheese or feta to your salads. The classic Greek salad is one of my all-time favorites!

After the three months trial, I decided to stick to the vegetarian lifestyle. I don’t miss meat at all, but to make sure I was getting all the right nutrients for my body, I had to do some research. There is one particular vitamin that your body will crave if you don’t eat meat: it’s B12. I take one pill every day while I’m having breakfast, and I eat plenty of hard-boiled eggs and frittata with spinach and goat cheese. So good!

The last thing to add to your vegetarian lifestyle is, of course, a good dose of exercise. I do yoga twice a week. I am a pasta eater, and I think that gravitating towards carbohydrates is easy when you are a vegetarian. You shouldn’t think that a vegetarian lifestyle guarantees to lose weight and be healthy! Always remember to work out, run, or do yoga. No diet can do magic without a lifestyle that works with your food choices.