Avocado to Zucchini: Your A-Z to Embracing Your Inner Veggie09 May 2019
Ditching meat is on the rise and there’s no better time to join the movement than National Vegetarian Week. According to the Food and Drink Report 2018-19 by Waitrose, one in eight Brits have swapped meat for a veggie diet for reasons ranging from animal welfare, to health benefits and even combating climate change.
#NationalVegetarianWeek is the perfect time to dip your toe in the water and start dishing out more vegetables without the commitment. Skeptics might worry that a diet without meat takes the fun out of food, but if you approach your veggie week clued-up then you’ll find creative spins for traditionally meaty meals like the beloved full English breakfast and the classic Sunday Roast!
Start with supplements
We’re all about vegging out, but if going veggie leaves you feeling sluggish then you need to make some changes. B12 is an important nutrient that keeps your heart happy and protects you from nerve damage. It’s found in soil and passed onto us humans through animal products.
Check out Supplements & Nutrition for discounts on brands like Holland & Barrett, GoNutrition and Chemist Direct. You can find vegetarian supplements like B12 and other energy-boosting nutrients at Simply Supplements. Watch out for sneaky animal products - many supplements are coated in gelatine, which comes from animals.
Keep the fridge stocked
Switching from Meatless Monday to a week without meat can be daunting, but help is at hand if you find yourself struggling for inspiration. Browse vegetarian recipes by Sainsbury’s like easy vegan pancakes and Shroomdog stew with convenient links to all the ingredients. Most supermarkets have meat-alternatives packed with protein and flavour, like the to-die-for (no pun intended) Beyond Meat burger sold at Tesco. The Vegetarian Society also has some delicious recipes to try out, like gooey, four-ingredient vegan brownies, quinoa burgers, and vegan paella.
is ideal for pre-packaged healthy vegetarian snacks for that extra protein boost. And who could forget the new vegan sausage roll from Greggs?
It’s a good idea to keep some veggie snacks close at hand, but if your stomach’s beginning to rumble in a way no cereal bar will satisfy, turn to the trusty meal deal. Many supermarkets have recently introduced vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and snacks, which is handy for veggies on the go. We love the Boots meal deal for its impressive selection of tasty veggie lunches. If it’s a sweet treat you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the guilt-free vegetarian Percy Pigs at Marks & Spencer.
It’s a Friday evening after a long week in the office, you’re home and ready to relax, but when you open the fridge door … empty. The last thing you want to face is the long walk to the nearest shop and an evening checking ingredient lists. Fear not! Ordering delicious veggie meals straight to your door is easier than ever with the likes of Deliveroo and Just Eat. Or, if you fancy heading out for a birthday meal or drinks, most restaurants have a vegetarian menu to take out some of the stress. Feast your eyes on veggie Italian food by Prezzo or sizzling Mexican at Chiquito. If all else fails, there’s also the trusty Wetherspoons (veggie) brekkie.
Whether you’re going veggie for the week or just looking to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, a little prep can go a long way. Armed with our food and drink vouchers, going vegetarian for the week is a breeze and could even save you money!