The Flexible Vegetarian

Being a vegetarian or vegan is not easy in our food-obessed society. What's a barbecue without a juicy burger or a Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey? Getting the recommended 45 grams of protein every day (for the typical woman) is a challenge for strict vegetarians who tend to rely on soy and wheat protein, but many people are allergic, so what's a wannabe vegetarian to do?

Be flexible. There is a new class of vegetarians growing in popularity, known as "occasional" vegetarians or "flexitarians," who eat vegetables most of the time and make an effort to reduce their animal meat and dairy intake. But no one's perfect, right?

Apparently food manufacturers are taking notice of this new trend, reports Food Technology magazine. Food companies like Kraft Foods and General Mills are launching lines of processed vegetarian food products. So we'll likely have more veggie-burger options to throw on the barbecue grill...but there's still no option for the turkey this week, is there?

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  • No Turkey Option?
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    Still no turkey option? Obviously no research went into this entry. Actually, it must have been written by someone living under a rock. I thought everyone had heard about Tofurky, which is delicious. Also, there's an amazing new(ish) product called Field Roast. Check it out! Furthermore, substitute your scrambled eggs for a half a cup of scrambled tofu (you could easily eat a lot more), and you've consumed 10 grams of protein. Substitute your glass of milk for a cup of soy milk (except you'll probably pour more than that), and you've added another 7 grams of protein. Add nutritional yeast (as is often done in the recipes) to your tofu scramble and mushrooms (yum!), and you're looking at another 10-15 (at least) grams of protein, which means you've consumed 3/4 your recommended daily intake, and it's only breakfast. Want to make it really easy? Grab a handful of almonds for a snack -- 20 grams of protein in a cup, almost half the recommended daily intake. I'm not saying everyone should be vegetarian, but don't forego fact just to make what you think will be a cute and clever blog post.

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