17 February 2012

TDIV Q&A: What are the best meat-free alternatives?

Choosing the best meat free alternative depends on what you are seeking. Are you looking to lose weight and improve your overall health and well-being? If so, nutritionally dense foods comparable to meat are quinoa, tofu, seitan, legumes, and leafy green vegetables.

A combination of these foods has the greatest overall impact on your health. Try making your own veggie burgers for a nutritional and delightful meal. You can easily do this at home by sautéing fresh vegetables of your choice, opening a can of black beans, and then combining the prior ingredients with some bread crumbs, or oats in a food processor. Form, then sauté in a bit of olive or coconut oil.

By creating your own fresh versions of a vegan classic go-to food, you are able to control what goes into your food, making it possess a plethora of nutrients. Another yummy suggestion is to make tacos with quinoa or tofu. Tofu has the ability to take on the flavor of whatever you cook it in. If you are short for time, or just are missing the taste of certain meat products, you are in luck because there are a rising number of delicious frozen varieties ranging from chicken Marsala, vegan pizza, and Sloppy Joes. Check out your local natural food market, or grocer for some mouthwatering options.

Ashley Shamus | Email
Northeast Pennsylvania Ashley has a psychology degree, and is soaking up tons of knowledge while furthering her education. She has a passion for holistic nutrition, animal rights, and green vegetables. In her free time, she loves to cook, juice, and bask in the sun. She whole heartedly applauds and appreciates all of the wonderful people who strive to make a positive difference in animals’ lives!

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