If your Meat Free Mondays only get as far as lunchtime, we hear you. It’s hard to say no to a chicken mayo toastie or slice of warm bacon quiche. Well, step this way and have a look at what we have here. Whether you want to be a flexitarian (only eating meat occasionally) or want to go fully vegetarian, we have tasty, nutritious goodies to complement your plant-based meals and help you get all the way through Monday and every day thereafter.
Vegetarians avoid eating animal products (meat, game, fish, poultry and shellfish) but generally still eat animal by-products like dairy, eggs and honey. A further distinction comes into play when avoiding certain animal by-products: ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy and lacto-vegetarians eat dairy but not eggs.
Deciding to become a vegetarian is often driven by a reason other than just a love for plant-based foods (but if that’s your reason, it’s still a super one!). You may choose to be a vegetarian for the health benefits (higher fibre intake for digestive and heart health, less hormones and saturated fats from animal products etc.), for environmental concerns, for religious reasons or for animal rights.
- Vitamin B12, found in meat, can also be found in diary and eggs so if you choose to include these in your vegetarian diet, you’ll be getting what you need.
- Moving to a vegetarian diet is likely to increase your fibre intake, so make sure you are drinking enough water to relieve any associated digestive discomfort.