Good news for chickens, cows and fish around the world: the vegan lifestyle is growing across the globe. Not to be confused with vegetarians, vegans bring nutritional strictness to another level, refusing to eat animal products such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, milk or any other dairy product. They also frequently avoid food with any animal products as ingredients, according to the American Dietetic Association, which includes foods with gelatin, whey or honey.
Despite these diet restrictions, there doesn’t have to be limitations on taste. Gourmet Recipes has cooked up a variety of recipes that will tantalize the palates of even the most discriminating vegan. To get those healthy bones going in the morning, vegans can mix up some All Bran Cereal with Fresh Berries and Almond Milk and get the day started right.
Just in time for lunch, whip up Carrot Soup or Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup for a hearty and delicious food. If soup hits the spot but another vegetable is more suitable to your taste, consider Corn Soup or Green Pea Soup instead. Is it too hot for soup? Save up those recipes for a colder day and serve refreshing Asian Cole Slaw with Radishes and Miso Dressing.
will successfully cap off the day. Adventurous types might want to modify Caponata Neapolitan sans the tuna for another take on dinner. For dessert, Citrus Fruit Soup and Orange Crisps will do nicely.
Congratulations. For whatever your personal reasons for doing so—whether it’s health-related, ethical or spiritual—you’ve spent the entire day eating good-for-you food that’s just plain good too. Properly planned vegan diets satisfy your body’s nutritional needs while also offering protection against heart disease, cancer and other serious illnesses.
A few words of caution, however, for those pursuing a vegan diet. Vegan diets are generally low in saturated fats, but some high-fat foods still persist in nature. Use these high-fat foods sparingly, which include oil, nuts, nut butters, seed butters, avocado and coconut.
Also keep in mind that Vitamin D, the vitamin that helps unleash calcium in the body to strengthen bones and teeth, is largely absent from vegan menus. Food sources of vitamin D include vitamin D-fortified orange juice, vitamin D-fortified soy milk and rice milk. Another remedy to guard against vitamin D deficiency: take time out several times a week to relax for ten to fifteen minutes in a sunny spot. Not only will it supplement your vegan diet, a little sun will renew your mind too.
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