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Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month in Emmaus Patch

Eat your veggies throughout October in honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month.

With so many great restaurants like Sweet Memories, and True Blue Mediterranean Cafe offering delicious vegetarian dishes here in Emmaus Patch, it seems easy to give up meat, at least for one meal. Since October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, why not give it a shot?

Established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, the purpose of the day is to celebrate the health and animal awareness that one supports by choosing to be a vegetarian.

Although leafy salads and vegetables come to mind as eats that vegetarians prefer, there are so many ways to keep a balanced diet while avoiding meat.

For breakfast, you could try banana bread protein pancakes. For lunch, whip up some black bean stuffed poblano peppers. And finish the day with lentil burgers for dinner.

There are many riffs on being a vegetarian. If you don’t want to give up fish, you can be a pescatarian. An ovo-vegetarian eats eggs but not dairy products, and a vegan diet excludes all animal products.

And if you can’t quite give up being a carnivore altogether, fear not. Meatless Monday is a great way to test the waters of vegetarianism. By pledging to not eat meat on Mondays, you can benefit the planet and your health.

Aside from reaping the rewards of keeping your body healthier, according to a recently released Oxfam America report.

So, while Kermit the Frog would say, “It’s not easy being green," many people would disagree. Finding a balance with being a vegetarian or weighing options to become a vegetarian can be less difficult with lots of information regarding World Vegetarian Day. 

TELL US: What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? Share in the comments below. 

Jim Corcoran October 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Recent clinical studies suggest that casein, found in all dairy products, blocks the absorption of antioxidants and renders them useless to our body. Get healthier by going vegan! Here are two uplifting videos that will help people understand just some of the implications of this lifestyle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org
Pete Sawochka October 07, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Thanks for posting! Check out ChooseVeg.com for more information on going veg!
Joy Richard October 13, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Many individuals choose to be vegetarian for any variety of reasons which range from religious to ethical and social. There isn’t any single vegetarian pattern as numerous practice vegetarianism differently. Vegans eat only food of plant origin, lacto-vegetarians include milk, lacto-ovo vegetarians include both milk and eggs, and pesco-vegetarians eat fish. Interestingly, a lot of people are vegetarians on certain times of the week, while others continue extended periods of vegetarian eating almost similar to a fast. With all these vegetarian eating styles being so different, the nutritional challenges vary. http://healthxwellness.com/nutrition/diet/balanced-diet-vegetarians/

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