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August 30, 2011 at 11:48 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

How to Become a Vegetarian

By Jessica Corwin MPH RDN More Blogs by This Author

Registered dietitian Jessica Butcher speaks on how to ease the transition from omnivore to herbivore.
Host, Gerry Barnaby - Hey, what’s going on, Barnaby here.  Another HelloLife Moment.  This one – a bit tricky.  Registered Dietician Jessica Butcher is going to try to convince me, a meat eater, to become vegetarian.  How am I going to do that, Jess?
Health Coach, Jessica Butcher, RD – it’s real easy to become vegetarian.  You just got to make some small, simple changes in your typical, every day meals and they can easily become vegetarian.  Let’s say, even, you know, you’re making burritos at night.  Instead of frying up your beef to go in those burritos, just use some refried beans, some extra delicious kidney beans or black beans and it can still be a very hearty meal.
Barnaby – And it approximates the mouth feel of beef.
Jessica  -Very much so.  And kind of similar, if you’re making chili at night, you know, doing your turkey or your beef.  Instead of in there just add it up with a lot of extra beans, there’s even meat analogs out there for those that miss that meaty flavor.  So you could easily grab some texturized vegetable protein or some Boca crumbles and throw those right in your chili and it will really thicken it up for you. 
Barnaby – And you’ve got the turkey burgers and what other sorts of things are they doing to ease our transition into the world of vegetarianism?
Jessica – There’s some great burger choices out there.  A couple of the very popular brands would be your Boca Burgers and your Garden Burgers.  And both of those have high variety.  The Boca Burgers are going to be a little closer to that beefy flavor, if that’s what you’re missing.  But you know, there’s also a spicy black bean flavor that you can even make yourself and that’s very packed with flavor and it’s delicious and full of protein.
Barnaby – So really, the rule of thumb is, ease into it slowly,  just substitute where you can, and, before you know it, you could be just a complete vegetarian.
Jessica – Very true.  There’s lots of small changes – even if you’re doing a stir fry at home – you could add some tofu instead of your chicken.  And once it absorbs all the flavors of the sauces there, I mean it’s  not going to taste very much different at all.  The texture is what you’re going to have to get used to with the tofu, but it tastes great because it certainly absorbs the flavor.
Barnaby – Alright.  Thanks for that.  And I gotta tell ya, my eyes are now open to vegetarianism.  It’s not as hard to become a vegetarian as you might think, because it seems like there’s a lot of products out there to help ease the transition.  More good information you say?  Of course it is! And found right here on the HelloLife Moment, because we’re all about matching your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

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