By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Monday, April 29th 2019, 06:14:55 AM.
Although vegan diets are generally low in saturated fat, as a full-time vegan you may be missing out on the potent forms of heart-friendly omega-3 fats, known as EPA and DHA. We typically get these from fish and seafood, although sea vegetables such as kelp and certain micro-algae supplements can make a useful contribution. It’s also a good idea to include plenty of nuts, seeds and their oils especially walnut, flaxseed, hemp and rapeseed. Pack your lunch with a combination of carbohydrate-rich foods for energy and satisfying protein from foods such as nuts, seeds, beans and pulses. The key is to choose carbohydrates that produce a steady rise in blood sugar, which means passing on the sugary 'white' foods and going for high-fiber wholegrain, which help you manage those afternoon munchies.
Calcium is needed for strong and healthy bones and teeth. Non-vegans get most of their calcium from dairy foods (milk, cheese and yogurt), but vegans can get it from other foods, such as: green, leafy vegetables – such as broccoli, cabbage and okra,fortified unsweetened soys, rice and oat drinks, calcium-set tofu,sesame seeds and Tahini,pulses, brown and white bread (in the UK, calcium is added to white and brown flour by law), dried fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dried apricots.
If you are new to vegan living, you may have at some point been daunted by densely intricate vegan recipes in glossy covers. If this has happened to you, do not worry: for every complicated recipe there is an easier one online, while you can simply substitute harder to get or more expensive ingredients. A search online will quickly tell you that you can swap cornstarch or arrowroot for plain old flour, while providing the correct measurements.
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