Have you checked the pasta section of your grocery store lately?
If you have, you would definitely have noticed some new additions to this category. Gone are the days of basic white flour pasta. While whole wheat and whole grain pasta were new and innovative a few years ago, we can now find pasta made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, mung beans and even edamame. However, the question is whether or not these pastas are actually better for you. Here are a few of the parameters I looked at to determine if they are in fact healthier.
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.
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.
As summer comes to an end and we all have think about the amazing hiatus in lunch-making we’ve all had. Yes, nine weeks of no lunch preparation. Amazing! But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
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.