Good Time to Try Something New, If You Haven't
On the news lately, there has been quite a bit of talk about a possible disruption in meat product supplies. This could be a great time to explore vegan/vegetarian options.
There is a misconception that eating a plant based diet is an expensive endeavor, however in a study in 2015 by the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, it is cheaper to eat a vegetarian diet than meat, as much as $800.00 a year if not more. Avoid shopping high end health food stores; you can get what you need at regular grocery stores or discount stores such as PriceRite. It could be a family friendly venture as well. Remember it does not have to be all kale & broccoli. Making homemade pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, yummy vegetarian chili with corn bread muffins. There is a plethora of recipes on the internet; my favorites are Allrecipes & SkinnyTaste.
Vegetables, beans, rice, pasta, nuts, soy products will provide you with protein and other essential nutrients you need. If you don’t want to be 100% plant based; adding dairy products is a great source of nutrients and proteins.
Check out the USDA’s page on vegetarian diets. This is a great guide. Following the advice here will provide you with what you need to be well balanced. Even if you don’t go 100% vegetarian/vegan; set aside a day or two a week. It is healthier for you, the environment, and your wallet.