If you saw the word “vegetarian” in the title of this post and thought, “nope…not for me” think again. Although you may not have any desire to give up your meat, there are some great vegetarian habits that you can incorporate into your diet to keep you from going overboard with meat everyday.
- Snack on Fruits and Veggies: If you are looking forward to your nice grilled steak for dinner, make sure to snack healthy on lots of fruits and veggies during the day. Try adding hummus or guacamole to your weekly snack menu as dips for your veggies. Smoothies are another great and delicious way to pack in your fruits and veggies.
- Build Your Meals Around Veggies: Too many Americans focus their meals on just the meat, leaving the vegetables to be tasteless or forgotten completely. When making dinner, season your veggies with your favorite flavors and be creative with how you prepare them. Also, consider having 2 vegetable side dishes instead of just one. Keep your meat portion smaller and fill up on more vegetables.
- Eat More Plant Based Fats: So many of our fats come from butter, bacon, sour cream etc… Try switching out your butter with extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Instead of slathering your tacos in sour cream, switch it out for a couple tablespoons of guacamole. Plant based fats have been shown to reduce inflammation which contributes to obesity.
- Protein Swap: Try switching out your meat with beans for one day a week. If you can’t eliminate meat completely from your day, switch out half of your meat portion with beans. They make a great filler for tacos, sloppy joes, and soups. Check out this article on why beans are so great.
So there you have it. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat healthy, but there are some great ways to incorporate a few healthy vegetarian habits to your diet. Eating healthy affects every aspect of your body, even your feet. And if you are looking for a someone to help you with your foot problems look no further than Dr. Evan Merrill. At Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle LLC we want you to be happy and healthy. Make an appointment today by filling out our online form or by calling 541-776-3338.