If you are new to a Healthy Vegetarian Diet, then please don’t think about all the things that you will give up, think about all the new dishes and flavors you will discover. There are many things that you can substitute that either taste the same as meat, or come very close to it. Never been to an Indian, Thai or Chinese restaurant? Well, now is the time to go there and get surprised by the vegetarian dishes they have. 1. Have A Good Reason: Now, I am sure that you already have a reason, otherwise you would not take a new diet into consideration. If you are doing it out of health-reasons, take you time again to read through everything that explains all the positive health benefits that you will have by abstaining from meat. If you are doing it out of animal-rights issues, then deepen your understanding of that. This will help you “deepen” your conviction of reducing meat or becoming a vegetarian and it will help you to keep on track. 2. Commit To It: At times your new diet will be inconvenient: at parties, travel, dinner with friends and family or going out to eat. At these times you really have to stay committed. A good way to do that is to tell as many people as you know about your new diet choice. Tell your friends, family, post it on Facebook, twitter it, blog about it and buy lots of stuff for your new diet. This will help you keep on track, because this will make it more embarrassing if you fail. 3. Tie It To Another Goal: When I went vegetarian I was in a stage of my life were I was searching for some universal truths. Finding out that being vegetarian is being propagated by various religions and philosophies really gave me a sense of doing the right thing. Also my “simple” thought that “I love animals, so why do I eat them?” gave me another goal that I wanted to follow: doing the correct thing… Connect your change of diet with something greater then just changing your diet. Maybe, loosing weight or wanting to run a marathon. Find out with what goal you could connect your new diet with. 4. Step By Step: You can quit at once, as I did, or slowly phase your meat-eating habits out. If you quit at once it might happen that after a while you fall right back into your old habit’s, because the change might have been to radical for you. Your taste buds need time to adjust, and to slowly start enjoying your vegetarian dishes. Now, if that happens why don’t you try to phase out the meat step by step? Quite first with the red meat, then after a while (set your own pace), stop eating pork, then quite eating poultry. Once you have done that, and you feel fine with that, let the fish live. If you want to become vegan, now is the time to substitute your regular dairy products with substitutes. One product after another. Don’t worry about the time this might envolve: keep the big picture in mind, your goal: a Vegetarian or Vegan diet. 5. Set Small Goals: What you could also do is set small goals first. Be vegetarian from Monday to Friday, or just the weekends. Or set a goal for being vegetarian for 10 days first. See how you feel after those 10 days. I know that you will experience some positive changes, and with this experience in mind set your next goal for 20 days. Do this on and on until you you decide with your heart and mind that from now on there will be no more meat in your diet. Take a look at this blog: 30 Days to Success 6. “Fail To Plan And You Will Fail”: You need to set up a meal/recipe plan. Around 20 years ago I stopped eating meat from one day to the next, without planning anything. Instead of meat I just ate more cheese. As you can imagine that was not a good choice and soon enough I gained more weight. You can’t just live on hamburger buns and fries, and you shouldn’t just live on spaghetti with tomato sauce neither. It’s just not healthy. Makes sense, right? You need to find recipes and plan meals that, on it’s own, are designed to be meatless. Bookstores are full of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks.Go to vegetarian websites and take a look there at all the different recipes. If you’re not ready to go all the way yet, then get a pescetarian or flexitarian cookbook.If you are an athlete or a jogger/runner, like myself, then I would suggest to take a look at these recipes here. It is very helpful to plan a week ahead. Sit down once a week and plan your meals seven days ahead of time. Then go shopping, also think about the snacks or some sandwiches that you would like to eat in between meals.
A blender, by definition of its features, will give you a superb blend of fruits and vegetables. To attain the best smoothie, you will need to purchase the best smoothie blender! There are many kinds of smoothie makers which fit into various budget slots. While mid range blenders that fall between $50 and $120 make outstanding smoothies, the best smoothie blender is one that is built to last, has a powerful motor and will crush frozen fruits. Consistency Concerns In order to zero in on a great smoothie blender, there are a few criteria that will have to be met. The smoothie blender has to meet these criteria to be considered the best. The most important aspect of a smoothie is its consistency. No one wants to drink lumpy fruits or vegetable chunks mildly processed with almost uncrushed ice. Delicious smoothies require at least 500 watts or more of power in the motor. A good smoothie blender will have a high powered motor with much more than 500 watts to offer. The idea is that frozen fruits, berries, vegetables, tofu, and ice cubes need to be crushed, pureed, and liquefied so that the final output is a creamy smooth smoothie with the best flavors. Other Criteria Choosing a blender with a sturdy base that is made of metal is another significant priority as this lends stability to the blender. You do not want the mixture toppling off due to lack of support. If you get one of the premium smoothie blenders then this will be a given. Keeping the blender clean can be a challenge; the fact is that spillages are nearly inevitable while making a smoothie. A smoothie blender with buttons will make cleaning the equipment a frustrating and time consuming job. The best smoothie blender is one with a touch pad which can be easily wiped and cleaned and is impervious to damage because of water or liquid spills. Top Quality Blender The Vitamix 5000 or Vitamix 5200 fall in the category of top quality blenders as they are well built Uncut, frozen fruits can be decimated in these blenders. This blender can even devastate peanuts so thoroughly that you can make your own peanut butter. While this is a top of the line blender, you will have invested your money well as you won’t need to buy a replacement for a long time. It will be one of the greatest health investments you have made and be an essential part of your kitchen appliances. The Blendtec Total Blender is another choice that has been touted to be the best smoothie blender by users and critics alike. This blender packs a powerful punch with a motor that is powered with 1500 watts! With an electronic display that is easy to use and manipulate as well as a self timer and auto adjust function, you will have purchased a highly effective and convenient health solution which can be properly labeled as one of the better blenders. Low Price Range Other cheaper blenders that can be considered, are the Magic Bullet and the Oster Beehive. These are quality devices that allow you to make enough smoothies for one or two helpings though you cannot blend uncut frozen fruits in it. While a high end blender might be expensive, the best smoothie makers are without doubt cost effective and will be a part of your household for quite some time.
I knew I wanted to eat healthy but I just didn’t know how to eat healthy. Nutrition homework was involved and after searching non stop, I came up with three blender recipes that have satisfied my sweet tooth as well as provided me with protein for energy. I also wanted to look and feel good and learned that the only way I could do this was by preparing blender recipes that I found could be satisfying and healthy at the same time. With the right amount of protein, I could make a simple shake using my blender and feel energized the entire day. The following recipes are not hard to make and the end result is a tasty meal. 1. “Blue Nana” – To your blender, add blueberries, banana, flaxseed and plain yogurt. Don’t add preservatives or sugar. When I drank this I found I didn’t crave a candy bar or high sugary protein bars. The fruit sugars satisfied my sweet tooth. 2. Sweet Tooth – I do admit my sweet tooth can get in the way of eating healthy. With this drink, I added vanilla extract, peanut butter for protein, flaxseed and fat free yogurt. This healthy blender recipe won’t even recall previous temptations to indulge in a candy bar. You do have to add low fat peanut butter and only a few drops of vanilla extract. What is blended is a sweet blender treat. 3. Healthy Protein Blast – I add strawberries, blueberries, granola, flaxseed, fat free yogurt and whey protein in the blender. Since I do exercise, I have learned that protein is needed for healthy muscles and that extra protein is just what I need. You can use any fruit combination in season which is an added bonus for those on a tight budget. I have been able to use my imagination when it comes to mixing fruits and supplements and have created many blender recipes that I have written to share with my friends.