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Being Vegetarian On Halloween

Are Halloween treats vegetarian?

So it’s Halloween and you might be wondering how this impacts you as a vegetarian. Well, it does if you don’t want to eat any animal products whatsoever. You may find this surprising but some candies and chocolates contain animal-derived ingredients. Believe me, I found out one day and was very disappointed.

Protein and vegetarian diets

Let’s chat about protein and vegetarian diets

One of the most common concerns with respect to vegetarian or vegan diets is protein. From personal experience I can tell you that when I tell someone my daughter is vegetarian they inevitably ask how she gets her protein.

Why I absolutely love seeds

Believe or not but seeds are loaded with amazing nutrients!

And yes, I absolutely love seeds! They are really powerhouses. Though we don’t usually think about  seeds as replacements for animal protein in our diet, they can be a great addition to a vegetarian meal to increase its nutritional value.

At last count, I had the following in my pantry:

My Favourite Cookbooks

As I am sure you have come to realize, I like to cook. I also love taking cookbooks out of the library, book marking the recipes I want to make and then if there are enough that I really enjoy, buying the book. To get my list of books I go to the local bookstore and write down all the books they have featured at the front of the store.

At any given time, I’ll have 3 or 4 books sitting on the kitchen counter with little pieces of paper sticking out indicating the recipe I want to make.   My criteria for choosing the recipes are as follows:

What is a pea protein beverage?

Yes, you read that right, pea-protein!

The non-dairy beverage category has been growing by leaps and bounds as more and more people look for options to dairy milk. What used to be a category of primarily soy and rice milk now has so many other plant-based options; almond, cashew, oat, hemp, flax and coconut. I could go on and list the different combinations of these as well.

Are your kids eating breakfast?

As we have all heard many times “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  This especially holds true for our kids who are going off to school and need to have the ability to stay alert and focus throughout the day. They need fuel to support their bodies and brains.

Why I chose a vegetarian diet

My path to giving up meat

 

For me choosing to follow a mostly vegetarian diet did not happen overnight. However, the decision to give up meat was easy.  Meat just lost its appeal.  The thought of biting into a piece of fat or chewing off a bone turned my stomach. I just couldn’t do it anymore.

That was my first step towards following a mostly vegetarian diet (I will eat fish on occasion).  For a few years I didn’t eat any red meat. I decided to give up chicken while eating with my grandparents one evening. Seeing the bones and veins turned my stomach again.  I decided I just couldn’t eat it either anymore. I had no idea of the health or environmental implications. At the time, these issues were not topics the media followed.  Following a vegetarian diet was not mainstream at all.  Some people thought I was weird. There weren’t many cookbooks or resources available.

Is your daughter always hungry?

Does this happen in your house?? You prepare a nice meal for everyone, clear the table, load the dishwasher and clean everything up only to have your daughter come back to the kitchen an hour later to make a snack because she is hungry. This happens in my house and it drives me crazy! Maybe I should be more strict and tell them the kitchen is ‘closed’ like my mother did when I was a kid but I have a hard time saying no when my kids say they are hungry.  Should they have eaten more at supper, should I have made sure they ate a nutritionally-balanced meal with lots of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates?