I’ve been on my vegetarian journey now for just about 9 months and I am still learning a lot about common items I should have in my pantry, from what spices are commonly used, the various grains and their nutritional value and making sure I get enough protein in my diet.
Recently I started training for a marathon, thanks to a dear friend, and have really come to realize the importance of adequate calorie intact from protein, carbohydrates and even sugar for energy. Since I am not taking in meat protein having the levels needed for energy, muscle recovery and development is even more important from a fitness perspective.
This article is from Vegetarian Times, a magazine that I subscribe to and I hope you will find the information useful.
A well-stocked pantry means a nourishing meal is never more than a cupboard (or freezer!) away. Short on shelf space? We asked cookbook authors and nutrition experts to help us narrow down our list of the most versatile ingredients for your kitchen.
I am getting older, having a heavy breakfast is not something my body can process anymore. However, now that I am a vegetarian, it is about quality and not quantity, so the problem has taken care of itself.
Some people might think that I don’t eat enough, but we all have to do what works for our own body and knowing how to give it what it needs daily is really important. So, what do I have for breakfast. It’s quite simple really.
I start with a glass of lemon water, I find that this helps to line by stomach and prepare it to process my intake throughout the day. It also helps with belly fat (ladies we know what that is). After that I have my single cup of fair trade, non-GMO coffee for the day. I do use organic agave syrup and non-dairy creamer. After an hour or so I grab something to eat. It usually consist of a cup of plain or honey greek yogurt and some chia seeds (organic, non-GMO of course). I use about a tablespoon of chia seeds, but hey put has much as you want. I like the way they swell up like tapioca with a little crunch.
If you are a morning juicer, then add some chia seeds to your blended beverage. I love them in my juicy-juice creations too.
In an earlier post I mentioned chia seeds and the amount of protein that they provide to your daily diet. So go back and take a look at that post for a recap of protein sources.