October is all about Halloween, right? While you’re in the midst of creating costumes and trying to decide which candy you’re least likely to overeat, take a few minutes to think about trying a vegetarian meal or two.
Everyone can benefit from including vegetarian meals in our weekly food choices. Enjoy lentil soup instead of chicken and rice soup for lunch one day. Make pasta with vegetables and chickpeas instead of meatballs. Serve tacos with black beans, tomato, lettuce, and avocado instead of chicken or beef.
Vegetarian sources of protein are lower in fat, contain no cholesterol or saturated fat that contribute to heart disease, and are higher in fiber than meat sources of protein. Legumes and soy foods are the primary vegetarian protein sources, but did you know that grains and vegetables also contain protein?
For more information and recipes, check out the Vegetarian Resource Group at www.vrg.org Let me know what types of vegetarian foods you try this month!