A vegetarian is one who abstains from meat and every form of meat produce. There are subcategories of being a vegetarian, they are:
- Lacto Vegetarian
- Lacto-Ovo vegetarian
- Non-vegan vegetarian
The Lacto vegetarian avoids eating meat produce but still enjoys milk and every other thing that could be derived from milk such as cheese. Hence, the name “Lacto” vegetarian. The Lacto-Ovo vegetarian restrains from eating meat products but they allow milk and egg in their diets. Hence the name “Lacto – Ovo”. The Lacto and Lacto-Ovo vegetarians are not as strict with their diets compared to the Non-vegan vegetarian. The Vegan vegetarian avoids eating any form of animal produce, he restricts himself to feeding on foods from plants.
Being a vegetarian is not a disadvantage in any way as research is constantly ongoing and it has presented more benefits to living a vegan life. Vegetarians are less prone to diseases, heart attacks, stroke, blood pressure and much more due to the nutrients found moderately in their diet. Hence, they live longer and healthier as compared to their carnivorous counterparts. The benefits of being a vegetarian are endless.
The next question on the mind of a would-be vegan is most likely, where can I source for good vegetarian food. The answer is simple, vegan food vendors are all around you, in the market, malls, supermarkets, everywhere. The key thing is to understand your diet requirement and find the foods rich in your requirements, write these foods down on a list and visit the market. Vegans feed on vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and things you already know of. And so being a vegan does not necessarily mean you have to travel down to a vegan island to get the vegan foods. What you need is all around you, all you need is to have an understanding of the nutritional components of each food products you buy. Knowledge of these components would help you combine these foods in a way that is suitable for your health and provides all your nutritional needs.
You can get help from your dietician to help you in your choice for food combination. I would be listing some vegan delights and the recipes. I am sure you will agree with me as to how easy it is to get the ingredients.
- Stir Fry (Vegan Delight)
- two tablespoons oil
- half cup sliced carrot
- one cup sliced cabbage
- one cup broccoli floret
- quarter cup snow peas
- two garlic cloves
- quarter cup mushroom
- quarter cup sliced onion
- quarter cup bean sprouts
- two tablespoons soy sauce
- half cup sliced red bell pepper
- two tablespoons sugar
- Cabbage and black bean slaw
Ingredients: Purple cabbage, black beans, red bell pepper, green onions, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, olive oil, salt.
- Vegetarian tortilla soup: Ingredients: chili pepper or poblano pepper, Olive oil, white onion, garlic, ground cumin, crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, can hominy, black beans, Sea salt, tortillas, avocado, radishes, queso fresco or feta cheese, cilantro leaves, lime.
From the above-listed delicacies, you must agree with me that the ingredients used in the recipe are somewhat easy to find around you. Hence to answer the question, it is not difficult to find a good vegetarian food.