How to make a vegetarian diet more healthy

How to make a vegetarian diet more healthy

Vegetarians are often considered to be healthy eaters – this can certainly be true for those eating a well-planned diet made from whole foods - non-starchy vegetables, coupled with pulses (beans, lentils), nuts, seeds, eggs, wholegrains and possibly some dairy.  This style of eating is high in fibre and promotes a healthy acid/alkali balance.  

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Chia Seed Porridge

If you've not experimented with chia seeds yet, now is the time to start!  These little seeds originate from latin america - as they are a seed, not a grain, they are high in protein and ideal for anyone trying to reduce carb intake or following a paleo/primal eating style.

Bursting with omega 3s, minerals and soluble fibre, they can be used in a number of ways.  At breakfast time, they led themselves well to smoothies and chia 'porridge', the latter being the topic of this blog.  They can also be used as an egg substitute for baking or added to casseroles to help thicken up a sauce.

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Boost your omega 3 power

Omega 3 is an Essential Fatty Acid, which means we must get it from our diet to survive – just like vitamins and minerals.  They can either be ‘short chain’ omega 3s (nuts, seeds and their oils) or ‘long chain’ omega 3s (seafood).  Our body is able convert ‘short’ into ‘long’ but this conversion process is dependant on many factors, including nutritional status, stress levels and alcohol consumption.  Therefore, it can be helpful to include long chain omega 3s from seafood in the diet*.

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