If you chose to become vegetarian or vegan for a short term or long-term period of time, there are two things you need to make sure you focus on. First, make it delicious, because if the food isn’t enjoyable then you won’t stick to it. Secondly, if you aren’t hiring a meal delivery/prep service like Fran’s Kitchen, it’s really important that you read up on how to replace the nutrients that you were getting previously from meat, fish and dairy products.
Below, we have compiled a list of the key nutrient ingredients that are substitutes to meat, fish and dairy.
Although plant based foods contain protein, they’re ‘incomplete’ as they don’t contain all of the essential amino acids found in meat. It’s important that you combine your non-meat proteins together so the amino acid profiles complement each other (a lack of essential amino acids could impact on your body’s ability to build certain proteins and affect many aspect of your health as they are vital for the growth and repair of cells and tissues).
This is simple way to making meals that contain two or more of the non-meat protein sources (below).
For vegetarians only: Eggs
Vitamin B12, Omega Fatty Acids, Iron and Calcium are four essential micronutrients that are commonly found in food of animal origin.
Dark leafy vegetables (except spinach which can inhibit mineral absorption)
Whole grains (oats and brown rice)
Fortified rice milk
Dark leafy vegetable
Vitamin B12 Sources
Most nutritionists would recommend vegans or vegetarians taking a B12 supplement as is it difficult to get enough from non-meat sources and lack of this important vitamin can cause anemia, tiredness and extreme fatigue.
Omega Fatty Acids Sources
Chia seeds and oil
Flax seeds and oil