Steal These Vegetarian Habits for Better Health

There are many health benefits associated with vegetarian diets, though studies are still undecided whether giving up meat all together is really the best way to go. It is not suggested to give up meat entirely, but everyone can benefit from stealing these top health tricks from vegetarians.

Make Vegetables the Centerpiece

No matter what type of meal you want to enjoy, make vegetables the main star. This does a lot of things for a meal. First, it lowers the calories and fat content, while upping the nutrition and fiber content of the meal. You will most likely get fuller quicker and enjoy the slimming benefits that vegetables can have. Most people do not get enough vegetables into their diet, so it is wise to make each meal a chance to get those nutrients in.

Just how beneficial can the added vegetables be to your health? Just one additional portion per day will cut your heart disease risk by 11 percent. You can’t go wrong if you add more healthy vegetables in your diet. You will see a difference in your energy, weight, and even skin tone when you make vegetables a priority.

Choose Plant-Based Fats

Choose plant-based fats, such as guacamole and olive oil over animal fats, such as butter, red meat and bacon. Some other beneficial plant-based fats to choose over animal fats are tahini and nuts. Plant-based fats can help reduce inflammation and can even help you lose weight. Too much inflammation in the body is what leads to premature aging, disease, and obesity. Also, you don’t have to shy away from healthy plant-based fats either. In fact, drizzling a little bit of oil on vegetables can help your body retain more of the nutrients from them.

Change Up Your Snacks

Some vegetarians may snack on junk food, but the vegetarians you want to imitate are those that snack on whole, plant-based foods. Instead of reaching for chips and dip or Frappuccino for a snack, think how you can enjoy your favorites in plant form. For example, carrots taste great dipped in guacamole or hummus, and you can add a little bit of instant coffee to your green smoothie. For a healthy and slimming snack, choose a bowl of vegetable soup over anything else. It is packed with nutrients and is filling.

No need to ditch the meat to enjoy the same health benefits of vegetarians. Instead, just steal some of the healthiest vegetarians’ secrets.

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