Interested in a Vegetarian Lifestyle?
Westbrae Natural products provide a foundation for nutritious meals centered around vegetables, whole grains and beans. As an integral part of the Vegetarian Diet Pyramid, delicious, versatile foods such as our beans, vegetables, soups and pastas help you to make the transition toward a vegetarian lifestyle.
There are many varieties of vegetarians, and there are many reasons why people choose an alternate food lifestyle. We suggest researching your options so you can make the decision that is right for you. In the meantime, we'll help clear up some general vegetarian misconceptions with a few simple definitions to help you decide your type:
Vegan -- a person who eats absolutely no animal products of any kind (no eggs, dairy, fish, honey, etc.)!
Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian -- very popular because it is based on a diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes (beans), seeds and nuts, and includes eggs (ovo) and dairy (lacto). No meat, poultry or fish!
Lacto-Vegetarian -- No eggs! Other than that, it is similar to lacto-ovo vegetarian.
Pesco-Vegetarian -- This vegetarian diet includes fish, eggs and dairy, but no chicken or meats.
Macrobiotics -- based on a philosophy of a healthy balance. Whole grains make up about one third of the day's foods, vegetables make up about a quarter to a third, legumes average 10% of your intake. Fish is also eaten by many.
To complete your vegetarian diet each day, be sure you get:
- A combination of proteins by combining beans, grains, seeds and nuts.
- A good source of calcium such as dairy or WestSoy® Plus Soymilk.
- Plenty of fruits and vegetables for additional fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins A, C and important minerals.
Don't look at this change to a vegetarian lifestyle as a difficult project, rather it's a collection of small, gradual, simple steps ... easy to take and healthy to make!
Step one: Look at the Vegetarian Diet Pyramid to see the breakdown of daily food recommendations.
Step two: Choose your favorite foods from the wide selection of Westbrae Natural's convenient products. For example, you love black beans. Great! Pick up a can of our organic black beans and check out the recipe on the label. If that sounds good to you, fill up your shopping cart with the rest of the ingredients. You can also find many delicious recipes on this website.
Step three: Add a tasty salad, maybe some fruit for dessert, even a glass of WestSoy® soymilk.
Now you've planned dinner, or lunch, knowing that you are going to enjoy a healthy, balanced meal, vegetarian-style. Pretty simple.
You'll not only begin creating simple delicious meals, you will be buying naturally-grown foods adding to the benefits of your new healthy lifestyle! What we've attempted to do for you is provide a foundation for nutritious meals centered around vegetables, whole grains and beans. As you can see by looking at the pyramid, these foods are an integral part.
For more information on the Vegetarian Diet Pyramid, please visit www.oldwayspt.org.