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SIMPLE VEGETARIAN SUBSTITUTES

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Switching to a vegetarian diet has been shown to be very healthy for the body and good for the environment.

Attached a few simple solutions to switch from your carnivorous diet.

1) Replace meat with tofu, tempeh or mushrooms

Tofu has just as much protein and iron as most meat, making it an ideal substitute. It’s hardly everyone’s favorite food, but its versatility means that it can be prepared in a variety of different ways, and it’s also available in a range of different flavors and textures. It can even be used as taco meat.

If tofu just isn’t going to work for you, mushrooms are another great substitute to consider. They’re rich in protein, vitamin C, and iron. They can be marinated and grilled for the perfect burger, and Portobello mushrooms can be stuffed for a quick and easy meal.

You could also try tempeh, which is made from whole soybeans and is firmer than tofu. It’s rich in protein and fiber, and you’ll find it at your local grocery store.

2. Replace regular milk with soy milk or almond milk or similar

There are tons of alternatives to regular milk out there these days, such as soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, hemp milk, almond milk and coconut milk. You should try a few of them to discover which type you like best for the next time you order a vegan coffee at Starbucks!

3. Replace cheese with nuts

Although vegan cheese is actually a thing, nuts can easily be pureed into a creamy sauce. Cashew nuts are particularly good for being used in this way, making a cashew nut sauce is perfect for substituting into your favorite dishes, such as fettuccine Alfredo, nachos or even fondue. You can also consider tofu for replicating ricotta or cottage cheese on dishes such as pasta and pizza. If you don’t believe me, try the cashew-quinoa burger at the Spiral Diner.

4. Replace bacon with Tempeh or veggies

Bacon lovers will find giving it up to be an almost impossible task, but tempeh actually tastes almost identical to it. It can be cut thinly and fried like bacon, but some vegetables, such as eggplants or mushrooms, can actually be fried and baked to crisp perfection.

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Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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