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Becoming a Vegetarian – KidsHealth

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In the past, choosing not to eat meat or animal-based foods was considered unusual in the United States. Times and attitudes have changed dramatically, however. Vegetarians are still a minority in the United States, but a large and growing one. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has officially endorsed vegetarianism, stating "appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."

So what does this mean for you? If you're already a vegetarian, or are thinking of becoming one, you're in good company. There are more choices in the supermarket than ever before, and an increasing number of restaurants and schools are providing vegetarian options way beyond a basic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

If you're choosing a vegetarian diet, the most important thing you can do is to educate yourself. That's why the AND says that a vegetarian diet needs to be "appropriately planned." Simply dropping certain foods from your diet isn't the way to go if you're interested in maintaining good health, a high energy level, and strong muscles and bones.

Vegetarians have to be careful to include the following key nutrients that may be lacking in a vegetarian diet:

If meat, fish, dairy products, and/or eggs are not going to be part of your diet, you'll need to know how to get enough of these nutrients, or you may need to take a daily multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.

Sea vegetables like nori, wakame, and dulse are very high in iron. Less exotic but still good options are iron-fortified breakfast cereals, legumes (chickpeas, lentils, and baked beans), soybeans and tofu, dried fruit (raisins and figs), pumpkin seeds, broccoli, and blackstrap molasses. Eating these foods along with a food high in vitamin C (citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, and broccoli) will help you to absorb the iron better.

Girls need to be particularly concerned about getting enough iron because some iron is lost during menstruation. Some girls who are vegetarians may not get enough iron from vegetable sources and may require a daily supplement. Check with your doctor about your own iron needs.

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Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone: Deborah Madison …

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The tenth anniversary edition of this landmark cookbook, with more than 325,000 copies in print, includes a new introduction from Deborah Madison, Americas leading authority on vegetarian cooking.

What Julia Child is to French cooking, Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cookinga demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone teaches readers how to build flavor into vegetable dishes, how to develop vegetable stocks, and how to choose, care for, and cook the many vegetables available to cooks today. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is in every way Deborah Madisons magnum opus, featuring 1,400 recipes suitable for committed vegetarians, vegans (in most cases), and everyone else who loves good food. For nonvegetarians, the recipes can be served alongside meat, fish, or fowl and incorporated into a truly contemporary style of eating that emphasizes vegetables and fruits for health and well-being.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published. The recipes, which range from appetizers to desserts, are colorful and imaginative as well as familiar and comforting. Madison introduces readers to innovative main course salads; warm and cold soups; vegetable braises and cobblers; golden-crusted gratins; Italian favorites like pasta, polenta, pizza, and risotto; savory tarts and galettes; grilled sandwiches and quesadillas; and creative dishes using grains and heirloom beans. At the heart of the book is the A-to-Z vegetable chapter, which describes the unique personalities of readily available vegetables, the sauces and seasonings that best complement them, and the simplest ways to prepare them. Becoming a Cook teaches cooking basics, from holding a knife to planning a menu, and Foundations of Flavor discusses how to use sauces, herbs, spices, oils, and vinegars to add flavor and character to meatless dishes. In each chapter, the recipes range from those suitable for everyday dining to dishes for special occasions. And through it all, Madison presents a philosophy of cooking that is both practical and inspiring.

Despite its focus on meatless cooking, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetariansit's for everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully, and passionately. The recipes are remarkably straightforward, using easy-to-find ingredients in inspiring combinations. Some are simple, others more complex, but all are written with an eye toward the seasonality of produce. Madison's joyful and free-spirited approach to cooking will send you into the kitchen with confidence and enthusiasm. Whether you are a kitchen novice or an experienced cook, this wonderful cookbook has something for everyone.

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Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants, Healthy, Organic, Charlotte …

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Guide to Charlotte Vegan Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Natural Foods, & Health Food Stores.

980-939-1234

Now Open: Mon 11:30am-9:00pm, Wed-Fri 11:30am-9:00pm, Sat 10:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-8:00pm

Opened Apr 2012, this vegan restaurant offers plant-based meals: home-style vegetable, sandwiches, green plate specials, daily desserts, and other classic American fare like burgers. Has another location in Asheville. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-333-0008

Now Open: Mon-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm

Located beside Evolution and the Atherton Market in historic South End Charlotte, this soy-free vegan restaurant serves mostly raw food. Raw lasagna with cashew cheese, raw stir fry, quinoa-kamut veggie burger, organic fruit-filled breakfasts. There is also a smoothie and juice bar featuring green juices and coconut, almond and hemp milks made in-house. Sells alkaline ionized water. Free Wi-Fi. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-919-1003

Take away only shop. Makes tofu and soymilk onsite. Closed on Thursdays. Please send hours. Inexpensive.

704-595-9170

Tue-Sat 11:30am-8:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-7:00pm

Takeaway vegetarian food shop. Providing vegan American comfort foods like mock buffalo chicken cheese steak, soy rib tip wrap, chicken nuggets, tangy mango tofu, and teriyaki steak. Also salads, fruit smoothies, and desserts. Moderate.

704-377-1825

Tue-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 10:30am-10:00pm, Sun 10:30am-3:00pm

Vegetarian cafe opened since Oct 2011. The varied menu draws on a fusion of influences and includes dishes like bruschetta, Indian fry bread tacos, om burger, harvest salad, risotto, buddha rice bowl, organic and bio-dynamic wine, beer from regional breweries, coffee, fresh juice. Vegan substitute options are marked. Main entrees prices each from $13 and up to $17. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Expensive.

704-569-9193

Vegetarian Indian restaurant features South Indian food. Simple decor. Moderate.

704-894-0044

Serves meat, veg options available. Franchise pizzeria, has vegan cheese. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-940-2011

Serves meat, veg options available. Franchise pizzeria, has vegan cheese. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-376-1000

Serves meat, veg options available. Pizzeria with locations in multiple states. Ask if has vegan cheese, and let happycow know. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-295-0707

Now Open: Mon-Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Pizzeria with locations in multiple states. Vegan cheese is available. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-347-2749

Now Open: Mon-Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Pizzeria with locations in multiple states. Has vegan cheese, a gluten-free menu. Free parking in the 7th Street Station garage above; bring ticket in for validation. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-332-8868

Now Open: Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Mexican restaurant with veggie choices for tacos, burritos, fajitas, entree salads. Most vegetarian dishes can be made vegan by omitting the cheese. Beer-battered fried tofu for tacos and burritos is available, though ask if uses a separate fryer from meat. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-366-7280

Now Open: Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Fast food chain where you could customize your order (tacos, burritos, bowls) and request no cheese/dairy. Most locations offer a soyfrito filling that's made from soy protein. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

704-333-9515

Now Open: Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Build your own salad or get pizza with veggies and no cheese. Offers tofu as a protein. Sometimes soup is vegan. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

704-568-8877

Serves meat, veg options available. Menu includes 10 vegetarian items, plus several veg appetizer and noodle options. Kung pao tofu, Manchurian pakoras, and more. Open for lunch and dinner. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

704-531-9525

Serves meat, veg options available. Has many vegan choices using tofu and fresh whole foods. Moderate.

704-916-2300

Now Open: Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. A fancier kind of place with live music on Thursday. Several specialty drinks and dishes with a few lacto-vegetarian dishes on the menu. Primarily an omnivore restaurant but will accommodate special diet requests. Vegans to specify. Accepts credit cards. Expensive.

704-369-5300

Now Open: Mon-Thu 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-12:00am, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Part of hippie themed pizzeria chain. Menu includes a few vegetarian sandwiches and a vegan tempeh sandwich plus soups, soft pretzels, and veg pizzas or build your own pizza. The walls of the restaurant are covered with colorful images of mushrooms. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-966-7499

Now Open: Mon-Thu 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-12:00am

Serves meat, veg options available. Serves meat, veg options available. Part of hippie themed pizzeria chain with choices for vegans and vegetarians, including tofu, tempeh, and fresh veggie toppings for pizza. The walls of the restaurant are covered with colorful images of mushrooms. Karaoke and trivia on different nights of the week. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-335-1197

Tue-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Ethiopian cuisine includes some dishes made with lentil, beans, potato, and vegetable which are vegan suitable. This place offers a separate vegan menu and daily vegan lunch buffet choices, labeled. No dairy, eggs, gelatin, or honey in the food. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-333-1837

Now Open: Mon-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm, Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Neighborhood restaurant and bar offering Chinese food with a few Vietnamese and Thai dishes as well. Inexpensive lunch prices. Will customize a dish to suit veg diet. Try General Tso's tofu with broccoli and the kung pao vegetable. Pleasant atmosphere. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

704-332-7428

Now Open: Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-8:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Quick service Tex-mex restaurant with a hip atmosphere. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

704-717-2500

Now Open: Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Sleek modern atmosphere. Bar in back. Ample parking with garage in shopping center. Has vegetarian section on menu and a few vegetarian appetizers, some of which are vegan or can be made vegan. Offers vegetarian version of pho w/ vegetable broth. Moderate.

704-370-0777

Now Open: Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Part of eco-friendly pizzeria franchise. Offers veggie toppings and uses organic vegetables. You could also create your own pizza. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-374-0008

Serves meat, veg options available. Sushi restaurant with extensive vegan sushi menu. The vegetarian dishes on the menu are labeled. Tofu and noodle dishes, vegetable gyoza (pot stickers), and seasonal salads. Large bar. Lively, night on the town atmosphere. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

704-525-7775

Serves meat, veg options available. Pub restaurant offers several veg choices, including a quinoa burger, hummus and pitas, stuffed peppers and edamame. Located in the Park Road shopping center. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

704-717-8006

Serves meat, veg options available. Tofu can be used in some dishes as substitute. Also has mockmeats made from soy or wheat gluten. Ask for the green vegetarian menu. Also locations in Gastonia and Pineville. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-364-1134

Now Open: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Mon-Thu 5:00pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:30pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Thai food restaurant offering many vegetarian items. Though the menu does not specify these as vegan, the staff will tell you whic is vegan - ask. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

704-714-3400

Now Open: Mon-Sat 7:00am-9:00pm, Sun 7:00am-8:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. This chain cafe also has locations in Georgia and Florida. Offers a good variety of vegetarian options. Since they cook everything to order they can make some things vegan by leaving off the cheese. They do serve a tofu scramble for breakfast, which is served all day. Moderate.

704-332-3663

Now Open: Mon-Tue 8:00am-3:00pm, Wed-Sat 8:00am-10:00pm, Sun 9:00am-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Cafe specializing in breakfast food offered all day. Also makes lunch sandwiches and salads with 50% of the items being vegetarian (uses dairy,eggs). One soup daily is vegan suitable. Uses some organic ingredients. Opened since 2008. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Moderate.

704-347-5858

Serves meat, veg options available. Part of chain restaurant offering Mediterranean-influenced food. Has around 7 or so veg suitable choice, large portions. Free Wi-Fi. Inexpensive.

704-344-8611

Now Open: Mon-Sat 10:00am-8:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm

Vegan and eco-friendly general store stocking a variety of vegan food and snacks plus products like natural body care, soy candles, books, pet products, toys, eco home and garden supplies. Located inside Book Buyers bookstore since 2012.

704-334-6528

Organic produce, deli offering 2 vegetarian soups daily, plus sandwiches, tofu dogs, veggie burgers, and juices.

704-334-6209

Now Open: Mon-Tue 7:00am-3:00pm, Wed-Sat 7:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm

Eclectic, well-stocked convenience store and deli with a large selection of wines and beer. Has vegan, vegetarian, and non-veg food items. The deli that makes some vegetarian food. Sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta. Desserts in the cold case. Free Wi-Fi. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards.

704-332-7782

A funky convenience store and deli with a patio and bar. Large selection of beers & wines. Has vegetarian, vegan, local food, as well as non-veg items. Accepts credit cards.

704-926-1201

"The healthy supermarket." Market chain offering choices in fresh local and organic produce, salad and hot food bar, bulk staple, vegan-friendly items, and other natural grocery. Open daily. Accepts credit cards.

704-749-5042

"The healthy supermarket." Market chain offering choices in fresh local and organic produce, salad and hot food bar, bulk staple, vegan-friendly items, and other natural grocery. Open daily. Accepts credit cards.

704-333-3563

Now Open: Mon-Fri 11:00am-7:00pm, Sat 8:30am-7:00pm

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Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants, Healthy, Organic, Kissimmee …

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Guide to Kissimmee Vegan Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Natural Foods, & Health Food Stores.

407-966-4664

Mon-Thu 11:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-8:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Part of buffet-style salad bar chain restaurant. Features a large salad bar plus soups, breads, pizza, and desserts. Inexpensive.

407-507-3900

Tue-Sun 11:30am-11:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Has a large vegetarian menu with vegan options. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

407-846-7454

Now Open: Mon-Sat 9:00am-8:30pm, Sun 11:00am-5:30pm

Market with several locations. Stocks a large selection of vitamins, supplements, herbs, health & beauty products, food and beverages. Has a deli.

Once-a-month update on the latest veg related news, global restaurant and travel highlights, plus giveaways!

Voted "Best Vegetarian Restaurant Guide" on the Internet, this is the place to find good vegan restaurants & healthy food! HappyCow was created to assist in making healthy vegetarian food available to all wherever possible. These Kissimmee vegetarian and vegan restaurant listings are primarily from you, the users, and some maybe arbitrary, outdated, or incomplete. If you are a local to Kissimmee, FL and know of any places (vegetarian restaurants Kissimmee) that are not included here please add them. HappyCow and its creators claim no responsibility for any information that might be inaccurate in any way.

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Guide to Chattanooga Vegan Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Natural Foods, & Health Food Stores.

423-355-5486

Tue-Thu 10:30am-3:00pm, Fri 10:30am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-3:00pm

Vegan cafe and bakery near Coolidge Park, opened summer 2013. Offers gluten-free options, with most dishes being oil free. Has donuts, pizza, burgers, and more. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

423-752-5224

Mon-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm

Serving vegan food in Chattanooga since late 2009. Sandwiches, nachos, seitan and tofu clubs, philly, BBQ tofu, cajun carrot cakes, pot stickers, hummus, cheeky wings, mashed potatoes, and more. Simple atmosphere with some tables and a bar. Different theme nights like movie pizza night. Inexpensive.

423-800-0676

Mon-Fri 6:00am-6:00pm, Sat 8:00am-2:00pm, Sun 10:00am-2:00pm

Full service vegetarian cafe with both drip and espresso coffee options as well as vegan and salad options. Also is a spin and yoga studio with personal training and group fitness. Offers full service bathrooms with showers and Wi-Fi for customers. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

423-805-4440

Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm, Sat 8:00am-4:00pm

Open Apr 2014, this organic juice bar offers primarily raw food. Has salad and snack foods. Wi-fi. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

352-516-4040

Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:00pm, Sat 9:00am-4:00pm

Juice bar built with recycled and sustainable materials, opened fall-2015 in Southside Chattanooga. Offers cold pressed juice, smoothies, acai bowls, grab n go salad and snacks. Inexpensive.

423-236-2300

Mon-Thu 7:00am-9:00pm, Fri 7:00am-4:00pm, Sun 9:00am-6:00pm

Market and deli/salad bar with seating. Stocks vegan groceries in addition to grain, flour, soy analogs, and other items. No meat. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

423-752-4020

Serves meat, veg options available. Mostly a breakfast place, has biscuits and gravy, tofu hash, faux chorizo, and soymilk available for coffee. Open space with wood floors with brick walls. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

423-396-9898

Serves meat, veg options available. Small diner style Chinese restaurant. Has vegetarian food options on the menu. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

423-826-5000

Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Franchise restaurant offering a separate vegan menu with dairy removed - ask for it. Free Wi-Fi. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

423-266-5564

Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-12:00am, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Part of hippie themed pizzeria chain with choices for vegans and vegetarians, including tofu, tempeh, vegan cheese, and fresh veggie toppings for pizza. Upbeat casual environment with big screen TVs. Has Wi-Fi. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

423-386-5612

Serves meat, veg options available. Thai food and sushi restaurant. While menu is predominately meat, you can choose tofu as the protein option in some of the main entrees. Note: Their curry sauces may contain fish sauce. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

423-893-5506

Serves meat, veg options available. Part of a large nationwide soup and salad bar chain. All-you-can-eat buffet salad bar, plus special of the day, fruits, breads and soups. Ingredients are not organic. Online menu denotes all vegan items: soupersalad.com/Special%20Diets.pdf Open daily. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

423-648-6262

Serves meat, veg options available. Comfortable and casual American Mexican restaurant with several lacto vegetarian options on the menu and has a separate vegan menu with around 10 items plus sides. Try the vegetarian jerk taco, sweet potato fries, and mango salsa. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

423-468-1777

Serves meat, veg options available. Locations in several states and one in Canada. Offers a vegan burger in a make-your-own sandwich option with several vegan breads and spreads available, salads with vegan house dressing, fruit bowls, iced tea with organic sugar, juice bar, and coffee. Open daily. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

423-475-5350

Serves meat, veg options available. There is a vegan on shrooms burger and a couple ovo/lacto vegetarian ones (the southwestern pattie and the mushroom melt), but everything else if meat so be warned if you choose to eat here. Moderate.

423-855-2511

Mon-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-9:00pm

"The healthy supermarket." Market chain offering choices in fresh local and organic produce, salad and hot food bar, bulk staple, bakery, vegan-friendly items, and other natural grocery. Accepts credit cards.

423-702-7300

Mon-Sun 7:00am-9:00pm

Large, full-service natural food store with a vegetarian friendly deli, hot foods, and salad buffet bar. Seating provided indoor and outside. Accepts credit cards.

423-362-8502

Mon-Fri 7:00am-4:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-4:00pm

Coffee house serving direct traded and hand brewed coffee. Offers pastries including vegan gluten free donuts (call to check). Wi-fi. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards.

Once-a-month update on the latest veg related news, global restaurant and travel highlights, plus giveaways!

Voted "Best Vegetarian Restaurant Guide" on the Internet, this is the place to find good vegan restaurants & healthy food! HappyCow was created to assist in making healthy vegetarian food available to all wherever possible. These Chattanooga vegetarian and vegan restaurant listings are primarily from you, the users, and some maybe arbitrary, outdated, or incomplete. If you are a local to Chattanooga, TN and know of any places (vegetarian restaurants Chattanooga) that are not included here please add them. HappyCow and its creators claim no responsibility for any information that might be inaccurate in any way.

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Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

"Thanks to a thorough browning, mushrooms provide more than enough savoriness. The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest." Chef John

"I made this on a homemade crust. It was delicious! I used some extra garlic, which was a big hit." kassbee

"Absolutely delicious! I pretty much stuck to the recipe. I did add a tiny bit more flour to my mixture, and I pan-fried them." Mollie

"Amazing! I've made this recipe so many times. I add a can of green enchilada sauce to give it some 'juice.'" Jennifer Nodal Vasko

"Terrific! This recipe made an eggplant lover out of me. Will definitely be making this again and have added it to my 'favorites' file!" Carrieg

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Whip up a smooth blend of milk, Neufchatel cheese, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, minced garlic and Parmesan cheese to make a pleasingly creamy sauce for fettuccini.

This savory side dish or vegetarian main dish is made with butternut squash and accented with fresh thyme and blue cheese.

A vegetarian version of the Korean one-bowl meal of rice and vegetables topped with an egg is ready in less than an hour.

Make vegetarian meatballs with browned mushrooms instead of meat and you'll be amazed by their hearty taste and perfect texture. Approved for use on spaghetti!

These vegetarian black bean and rice enchiladas are just as satisfying as those served in restaurants.

This Chili Rellenos Casserole is very easy to prepare and is loaded with flavor. Great for a busy week night, and good enough for company.

This is an easy and exotic Indian dish. It's rich, creamy, mildly spiced, and extremely flavorful. Serve with naan and rice.

A savory vegetable loaf is stuffed with eggplant, zucchini, green pepper, and Swiss cheese. Serve cooled and sliced for a light lunch or at your next picnic.

This made-from-scratch chili combines beans, lentils, tofu, and fresh veggies for a thick, hearty chili that will please the whole family.

Cilantro and cayenne give this classic guacamole a tasty kick. Serve it smooth or chunky.

Whether you're trying quinoa for the first time or just trying a new recipe for quinoa, this mixture of quinoa, black beans, corn, and spices will make this dish a new favorite.

Cream cheese is the secret to this quick Alfredo sauce.

This delicious salsa made with fresh kiwis, apples and berries is a sweet, succulent treat when served on homemade cinnamon tortilla chips. Enjoy it as a summer appetizer or an easy dessert.

Spinach, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries are tossed with a sweet and tangy, homemade dressing creating a crowd-pleasing spinach salad.

A restaurant-worthy appetizer stuffed with cream cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and a hint of heat.

Macaroni is mixed with shredded Cheddar, Parmesan, cottage cheese and sour cream, then topped with bread crumbs and baked.

Eggplant slices are dipped in egg and bread crumbs and then baked, instead of fried. The slices are layered with spaghetti sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Brussels sprouts are simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil, then slow-roasted in a very hot oven until darkest brown. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and make for perfect snack leftovers straight from the fridge the next day!

Quick and easy black bean burgers, spiced up with chili sauce, cumin, garlic and chili powder. A tasty alternative to the frozen kind.

Bruschetta is a traditional Italian item in which small slices of bread are topped with such things as tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese, as is the case in this delightful recipe.

A delicious mashed sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. Easy to make-ahead, this recipe bakes in only 30 minutes.

Alfredo sauce brings a rich, creamy twist to an old favorite. Serve this hot dip with bread sticks, chips or crackers.

Who can deny the popularity of artichokes and spinach blended with cheeses? Try this hot, flavorful dip with toasted bread or tortilla chips.

These unusual burritos are made with sweet potatoes, spices and kidney beans. They freeze well and can be deep-fried instead of baked.

Fresh asparagus is baked until tender, and dressed with a blend of butter, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar.

Tender roasted cauliflower tossed in olive oil and garlic is topped with Parmesan and cheese and broiled until golden brown.

Flavorful refried beans seasoned with garlic, jalapeno, and cumin are simple to make when cooked in a slow cooker.

This savory deep-dish pie features herbed feta cheese that melts and mingles in every bite. The cheese is sauteed and mixed with spinach, mushrooms, Cheddar cheese and lots of garlic. This mixture is then combined with milk and eggs, and poured into a prepared crust. A bit more Cheddar cheese is sprinkled over the top, and then the quiche is slipped into the oven until it 's set.

This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, and picnic!

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Guide to Indianapolis Vegan Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Natural Foods, & Health Food Stores.

317-403-5867

Now Open: Mon-Thu 8:00am-6:00pm, Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat 10:00am-8:00pm

Located in the historical city market in downtown is the first 100% vegan restaurant in the city. Serves breakfast/brunch, sandwiches, salads and soups. The owner also makes the seitan used at other restaurants around the city. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-255-3972

Tue-Fri 8:00am-3:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-3:00pm

A bee-gan cafe is also gluten and dairy free. Menu is vegan except for honey in some dishes but could request vegan. Juices, smoothies, tonics, desserts, salads, rotating entrees, soups. International influences. Holds classes. Take-out only, no dining in, reported May 2015. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-299-2127

All vegetarian at this location. Has a full menu weekdays, and a buffet on weekends. Call for hours. Staff will tell you which items contain milk products, if you ask. Previously called A Passage to India, same chef. Open Tue-Sun. Moderate.

317-257-5556

Now Open: Mon-Fri 8:00am-9:00pm, Sat 8:00pm-4:00pm, Sun 8:00pm-2:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Casual cafe making classic American food. Menu marks V for vegan-suitable, includes breakfst porridge and granola, tofu scramble; and several lunch sandwiches. Previously at 6360 Guilford Ave. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-299-0608

Now Open: Mon-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. In Ethiopian cuisine, there are always several potato/vegetable, lentil, and bean dishes are are vegan suitable. The weekday buffet here has veggie choices. Moderate.

317-638-8272

Now Open: Mon-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Ask for their special vegan menu that offers plenty of choices. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-585-0700

Serves meat, veg options available. Franchise chain restaurant offering create your own stir-fry using a variety of vegetables, sauces, and spices. Vegans could get cubed tofu and vegetables, and ask the the cook to use separate tongs. Located on the northeast side of the city. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-253-2739

Now Open: Mon-Thu 11:00am-12:00am, Fri-Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Offers a few vegetarian items including falafel and portobella sandwich. Ask your server which items are vegan. Desserts supplied by the nearby Rene's Bakery. Free Wi-Fi. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-708-0467

Serves meat, veg options available. Fast food chain where you could customize your order (tacos, burritos, bowls) and request no cheese/dairy. Some of its locations offer a soyfrito filling that's made from soy protein. Be sure to ask for plant based protein. Open daily. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

317-508-8614

Serves meat, veg options available. Runs the cafeteria at the International Medical Group as well as a mobile food truck (see website locations and times). Menu is around 50% veg. Has soups, tempeh biscuits & gravy, tofu sandwich and scramble, soy cheese, ovo-lacto vegetarian dishes. Open for breakfast and lunch. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-632-7268

Serves meat, veg options available. Scottish American restaurant and bar. Has vegetarian haggis and vegan chili served alone, atop a taco salad, or inside a quesadilla. Cheap prices to slightly more. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-602-3708

Now Open: Mon-Sat 11:00am-3:00pm, 4:30pm-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Pan-Asian cuisine. Predominately meat menu but with a small vegetarian section. Will make a dish with tofu upon request. The tofu is not overly greasy and the veggies are fresh. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-252-5555

Serves meat, veg options available. Pan Asian and sushi restaurant with several locations. Could get tofu entrees as well vegetable nigiri and vegetarian sushi rolls. Vegans be sure to specify no mayonaise, etc. Moderate.

317-569-6444

Serves meat, veg options available. Pan Asian and sushi restaurant with several locations. Could get tofu entrees as well vegetable nigiri and vegetarian sushi rolls. Vegans be sure to specify no mayonaise, etc. Moderate.

317-426-4963

Serves meat, veg options available. A deli located inside Pogue's Run Co-op. Vegan choices are marked. Has outdoor seating. Inexpensive.

317-253-5252

Now Open: Tue-Wed 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thu-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Sports bar and live music venue. Menu has vegan choices and might include something like kale cabbage slaw and wild and spicy mushroom crostini. Many of the appetizers could be made vegan by omitting cheese. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

317-927-7270

Now Open: Mon 11:00am-10:00pm, Wed-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Vietnamese food menu that's mostly meat stuff but will accommodate vegetarians upon request. Has a section of vegetable entrees. Say no fish or oyster sauce, and vegans ask for rice noodles instead egg noodles. Try the vegetarian flat noodle dish and the tofu. Moderate.

317-920-8121

Now Open: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-8:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. International dishes with some main entrees being able to be made with with tofu or tempeh choice. Sandwiches could be made on gluten free bread or brown rice instead of regular bread. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-722-1008

Now Open: Tue-Sat 11:30am-9:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Most dishes can be made vegetarian. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-578-9722

Serves meat, veg options available. Thai food restaurant with vegetarian options and will accommodate special requests. Offers a vegetarian dinner buffet first Thursday of every month. Moderate.

317-888-2600

Now Open: Tue-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm, Tue-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Non-veg Indian food menu but has a vegetarian section and labels which are vegan suitable. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-920-7999

Now Open: Mon-Sun 12:00pm-3:00am

Serves meat, veg options available. Vegan menu items include wings, hummus, chili, tacos, jackfruit bbq sandwich, vegan breakfast burrito, vegan meatball sub, tofu scramble, soy rizo. Has vegan cheese and chorizo for more vegan choices such as the nachos. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

317-848-5252

Tue-Fri 7:00am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-2:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. New American food restaurant. Mention that you're vegan and staff will go over all off-menu choices. Has tempeh, pancakes, scrambles, skillets, waffles, etc... Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-602-8840

Now Open: Mon 4:00pm-11:00pm, Tue-Thu 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-12:00am, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm

Serves meat, veg options available. Pub offering 30+ beers on tap. Vegetarian choices are marked on menu, some of which could be made vegan by omitting cheese/aioli. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

317-205-5555

Serves meat, veg options available. Pizza place with multiple vegan choices noted on the menu, including stromboli, pizza, sandwiches, garlic bread, salad, and pasta. Has vegan cheese. Moderate.

317-253-8817

Serves meat, veg options available. Several locations in the area. Has a separate vegetarian menu with occasional vegan dishes offered. Ask to use only vegetarian sauce. Cash only. Inexpensive.

317-686-6380

Serves meat, veg options available. Several locations in the area. Has a separate vegetarian menu with occasional vegan dishes offered. Ask to use only vegetarian sauce. Rice has butter. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

317.876.3131

Health food store specializing in supplements. Also stocks bulk staples, care products, grocery, and more. Accepts credit cards.

317-849-3362

Now Open: Mon-Sat 10:00am-8:00pm, Sun 11:00am-6:00pm

Natural food market with a few locations in the area. Stocks vitamins, herbs, supplements, to-go deli items, gluten-free selections, packaged snack foods, and more.

317-888-0557

Now Open: Mon-Sat 9:00am-8:00pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm

Natural food market with a few locations in the area. Stocks vitamins, herbs, supplements, to-go deli items, gluten-free selections, and more.

317-426-4963

Now Open: Mon-Fri 10:00am-8:00pm, Sat 10:00am-6:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm

A co-op stocking organic and health foods with an abundance of vegan items. Has a deli inside.

317-253-3709

Now Open: Mon-Sat 9:00am-7:00pm, Sun 11:00am-6:00pm

Long time established natural health food store. Sells organic produce, grocery and more.

317-595-8950

Now Open: Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm

Part of a mid-size specialty food market chain. Has vegetarian and vegan food, some organic, natural personal hygiene products, household cleaners, vitamins, pet food, and more. Open daily. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards.

317-337-1880

Now Open: Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm

Part of a mid-size specialty food market chain. Has vegetarian and vegan food, some organic, natural personal hygiene products, household cleaners, vitamins, pet food, and more. Open daily. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards.

317-706-0900

Now Open: Mon-Sun 8:00am-10:00pm

Part of large natural food supermarket chain. Offers deli, vitamins, organic produce, care products, grocery, and more. Open daily. Accepts credit cards.

317-737-2614

Tue-Fri 7:00am-2:00pm, Fri-Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 8:00am-2:00pm, Sun 9:00am-1:00pm

This doughnut shop in the Fountain Square neighborhood uses natural and organic ingredients. Offer a few varieties of vegan doughnuts daily, typically includes a vegan yeast glazed. Has coffee, organic teas and juices.

317-396-2696

Cupcake bakery making traditional as well gluten-free and vegan flavors - call for the day's offering. Other Indianapolis locations at 715 Massachusetts Ave and 4026 E 82nd St. Accepts credit cards.

317-690-9775

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National Vegetarian Week 2015 is organised by the Vegetarian Society and sponsored by Nothing But. This year its all about sharing and enjoying delicious veggie food with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and community. Its a great way to connect with those around you and explore tasty meat-free food together.

Why veggie?

Vegetarian food is vibrant, exciting and flavourful, whether its the plentiful choices at the supermarket or special menu items at a restaurant. On top of satisfying your taste buds, going vegetarian and eating meat-free food benefits animals, the environment and your health and wellbeing.

Take part

Joining in with National Vegetarian Week is simple, and there are many ways to be involved.

You can order your free National Vegetarian Week promotional material and apply for grants to help with your event.

A toolkit is now available with information and advice about setting up your own event.

Also, make sure you view the Whats Happening calendar to find out about events taking place across the UK, and enter the details of your event.

Foodie inspiration

As wellas checking out ourrecipes,download the Vegetarian Society's recipe app, or visit ourVegetarian Society Cookery School in Cheshire.

A downloadabletoolkit is now availableto help you organise your National Vegetarian Week sharing event whether it be for family, friends, colleagues or your local community.

Viewtoolkit or Download(PDF)

Limited stock in hard copies areavailable.

To request one, email nvw@vegsoc.org with your name, address and local group name (if applicable).

Follow Us:

National Vegetarian Week 2015, sponsored by 'Nothing But' runs from Monday 18 - Sunday 24 May. For news and updateskeep an eye on this site and our Twitterand Facebook accounts.

They say the best things in life are free well, you cant get better than free pizza during National Vegetarian Week, sponsored by Nothing But (18-24 May 2015)! This May the Vegetarian Society is visiting seven cities across the UK giving out free pizza slices and celebrating how food brings people together.

The Vegetarian Society and its cookery school will be touring the UK covering almost 800miles and creating delicious pizzas to share. Pop along to one of the venues, watch our cookery school whip up a pizza, help choose the toppings then taste the fruits of their labour. There'll be a chance to chat and pick up a freebie pack.

Here are the seven locations head along between 11:30 and 14:30 to get a slice of pizza:

18 May Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland Street South 19 May Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street 20 May Belfast, SS Nomadic, Titanic Quarter 21 May Liverpool, Church Street 22 May Leicester, Humberstone Gate West 23 May Reading, Broad Street 24 May Cardiff, Working Street

The Vegetarian Societys Chief Executive Lynne Elliot said, We wanted to get out and share delicious veggie food with as many people as possible during the week. Recent studies have shown that around 20% of the population are choosing to eat more meat-free meals so this is great way for us to show how tasty vegetarian food can be - and what better to share than pizza!

Keep up to date withour NVW newsletters.

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Vegetarian Diet — What You Need to Know — US News Best Diets

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Overview The aim:

Depends, but may include weight loss, heart health, and diabetes prevention or control.

Balanced Diet: These diets fall within accepted ranges for the amount of protein, carbs, fat and other nutrients they provide. Learn More

Going vegetarian could help shed pounds and fend off chronic diseases.

You can cook up a perfectly healthy, meat-free menu that supports weight loss and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Well, which kind of vegetarian do you want to be? Most choose a lacto-ovo approach, turning their backs on meat, fish, and poultry but still eating dairy products and eggs. (Lacto-vegetarians, meanwhile, also nix eggs, whereas ovo-vegetarians also nix dairy; vegans exclude all animal products.) For the lacto-ovo camp, the governments 2010 Dietary Guidelines can help you develop a healthy plan. You can skip over the first 80 pages and just figure out how many meatless calories you should eat (Appendix 6, page 78) and where they ought to come from (Appendix 8, page 81) to get all the nutrients you need.

A daily 2,000-calorie diet, for example, should include 2 cups of fruit; 2 cups of vegetables; 3 cups of dairy, 6 ounce-equivalents of grains, and 5 ounce-equivalents of protein. The fine print will tell you how much actual food is in an ounce-equivalent. For grains, one ounce-equivalent is a slice of bread or a 6-inch tortilla; for protein, its an egg or quarter-cup of cooked beans. As with any diet, boredom is avoided through variationlike incorporating different-colored veggies and sources of protein to get the nutrients you need.

If that sounds tedious, countless books offer structure with vegetarian meal plans and recipes. The Internet is also full of good information. On its website, Oldways, a nonprofit food think tank, simplifies with its vegetarian food pyramid, which it codeveloped with the Harvard School of Public Health. The Mayo Clinic also offers tips to get started.

You dont have to go cold turkey. You could start by preparing a couple meat-free dishes each week, and gradually make more substitutionstofu in stir fry instead of chicken, say, or grilled veggie burgers instead of beef. If your aim is also weight loss, amp up your exercise routine and eat fewer calories than your daily recommended max.

Do: Try tofu.

Fill your menu with lots of vegetables and plant-derived protein sources, like tofu.

Likely. Research shows vegetarians tend to eat fewer calories, weigh less, and have a lower body mass index (a measure of body fat) than their meat-eating counterparts. If youre doing it righteating lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grainsyoull likely feel full on fewer calories than youre allowed each day. With that calorie deficit and a little physical activity, youre bound to shed pounds. How quickly and whether you keep them off is up to you.

Yes, provided you create a healthy plan (a French fries and doughnut diet counts as vegetarian). Research has linked vegetarian diets to reducing cholesterol, blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease. As long as youre not devouring copious calories and youre monitoring your saturated fat intake, youll tilt the heart-disease odds in your favor.

Even better, the vegetarian diet is linked to longevity: In a six year study of more than 73,000 people published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that vegetarians including those following vegan, lacto-ovo-, pesco- and semi-vegetarian diets were 12 percent less likely to die than nonvegetarians.

Yes, its a good option for both.

Prevention: Being overweight is one of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes. If going meat-free helps you lose weight and keep it off, youll stand a better chance of staving off the disease. Some research has linked vegetarianism with a lower diabetes risk.

Control: Its a healthful option, according to the American Diabetes Association. And because there are no rigid meal plans or prepackaged meals, you can ensure that what youre eating doesnt go against your doctors advice.

Unlikely, as long as you create a sensible plan.

Youll almost certainly jack up your risk of heart disease and diabetes (and wont do your waistline any good) if your meals revolve around white bread, cheese, and sugary, fatty desserts. If youre worried about malnutrition, your doctor can help design your meals.

One large study in the journal PLoS One linked vegetarianism with higher incidences of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders, as well as a higher need for health care and poorer quality of life. However, the study, which was conducted in Austria, wasnt causal and may not be generalizable to the United States. Its also probably not conclusive enough to trump other findings, like a 2012 review concluding that a well-planned vegetarian diet has no adverse effects on health.

Otherwise, vegetarianism is generally safe for everyone. Children, teens, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can safely go meat-free. (Besides, research has linked excessive red meat consumption with cancer and heart disease.)

Fat. If you make healthful choices, you should stay within the governments recommendation that between 20 to 35 percent of daily calories come from fat.

Protein. It should keep you within the acceptable range for protein consumption.

Carbohydrates. Its in line with the recommendation that carbs supply 45 to 65 percent of daily calories.

Salt. The majority of Americans eat too much salt. The recommended daily maximum is 2,300 milligrams, but if youre 51 or older, African-American, or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, that limit is 1,500 mg. Its up to you to stay under your cap, but it shouldnt be too hard if you eat enough fresh produce, ditch heavily processed foods, and hide the salt shaker.

Other key nutrients. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines call these nutrients of concern because many Americans get too little of one or more of them:

Supplement recommended? N/A

How much do you like meat? If the thought of a turkey-free Thanksgiving isnt a turn off, making the switch probably wont be too hard. Plus youre free to decide what you cant live without (omelets? ice cream?) and whether youll cheat on occasion. Be mindful that healthy vegetarianism requires planning, especially if youre a first-time convert.

When you want to cook, theres a recipe somewhere thatll suit your taste buds. When you dont, virtually every restaurant serves up vegetarian fare. And while alcohol is technically permitted, thats not license to binge drink.

Recipes. Limitless. Magazines, books, and websites like this one abound, offering suggestions for every meal and cuisine.

Eating out. Easy. Restaurants typically have lots of vegetarian-friendly entres. Careful, though: Vegetarian doesnt always mean healthy and restaurants are known for their gargantuan portions.

Alcohol. Vegetarian-friendly, but too much can thwart weight loss and damage the liver, brain, and heart. Moderation is your best betthats one drink a day for women, two a day for men. (A drink is considered 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ounces of liquor.)

Timesavers. None, unless you hire somebody to plan your meals, shop for them, and prepare them.

Extras. N/A

Nutrition experts emphasize the importance of satiety, the satisfied feeling that youve had enough. If youve built a healthful vegetarian diet around fiber-packed veggies, fruits, and whole grains, you shouldnt feel hungry between meals.

Youre making everything, so if something doesnt taste good, you know who to blame.

Its moderately pricey. Stocking up on produce and whole grains can get expensive, but bypassing the butcher will help keep the tab reasonable. Plus, lacto-ovo vegetarian staples like eggs and beans are some of the most affordable choices at the supermarket.

Vegetarian diets can be easily adaptedchoose your preference for more information.

You can easily follow egg- or dairy-free approaches.

And with a few more restrictions (i.e., shunning all animal products), you can become veganread about veganism here.

Yes, just make sure your choices are certified gluten-free.

Doable, as long as you stay away from buying too many processed foods. Eating lots of fruits and veggies generally keeps the sodium count low.

Yes, you have the freedom to use only kosher ingredients.

Yes, but its up to you to ensure your food conforms.

Vegetarianism only has rules on animal products, but that doesnt mean you shouldnt exercise.

No matter the diet, the more you move, the quicker youll see the pounds come offand youll reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart problems, and other chronic diseases. Adults are generally encouraged to get at least 2 hours of moderate-intensity activity (like brisk walking) each week, along with a couple days of muscle-strengthening activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips to get you started.

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