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    Lately, more people in my nutrition practice have been asking for advice on incorporating vegetarian meals into their diets. Certainly with the recent listeria
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      Lately, more people in my nutrition practice have been asking for
      advice on incorporating vegetarian meals into their diets.

      Certainly with the recent listeria outbreak and the growing concern
      about the use of hormones in meats and antibiotics in poultry, the
      veggie movement is on the rise.

      Not only are individuals making the move to more vegetarian-based
      meals, but so are entire families.
      ...
      There are many different ways to plan a healthy vegetarian diet. The
      most important rule is to include a wide variety of whole grains,
      legumes, vegetables and fruits in different meals. Nuts and seeds also
      may be included for healthy fats, as well as for protein. Vegetarian
      meals may also include eggs and low-fat dairy products, depending on
      how strict you want to go. (Vegans eat no animal products, including
      honey, dairy or eggs.) Experimentation with new foods such as bulgur
      wheat or adzuki beans can provide nutritional benefits as well as
      enhance your eating enjoyment.

      Some people decide to go vegetarian all at once. Others prefer to
      include a half dozen vegetarian meals a week for more of a gradual
      approach.
      ...
      Most people think of meat first when it comes to meal planning.
      Instead of thinking about a meat replacement, think in terms of
      including a wide variety of grains. Grains should play the biggest
      role in the diet so consider grain-based entrees as often as possible.
      Find an orange barley casserole or quinoa, lime salad recipe and then
      think how you can add legumes, vegetables and/or fruits.

      Or another way to look at it is to plan a meal around a vegetable. A
      baked acorn squash can be a hearty entree when stuffed with wild rice
      and navy beans. A sweet potato puree can be wonderful on top of a
      grilled portobello mushroom.

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      full story:
      http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/reallife/story.html?id=dffeefd4-40c2-4283-b4f1-1928ca21e7c6

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