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I've got 99 problems but protein ain't one

December 21, 2017
 I’ve been completely vegetarian for almost two years now and it’s one of the easiest and best things I’ve ever done! I was brought up around meat in my family life but it wasn’t until I started cooking for myself at uni (no, those tins of spaghetti hoops don’t count as cooking) that I started opting for meat-free meals. I took part in the Great Vegan University Challenge last February (2016) which was amazing as it encouraged me to cook everything from scratch and eat more adventurously. After that, I never touched meat again!

You’d be grinning too if you’d stumbled upon Columbian Vegan Street food in Copenhagen! 😂 
My main reason for giving it up was honestly because I felt like I didn’t want to contribute to a problem if I wasn’t that fussed about meat in the first place? I guess the feelings started in school when my bus would drive past a field of beautiful baby lambs every day, and the thought of eating them just broke my heart! By the time I went to uni my family would send up care packages and I’d always give the burgers and chicken away to my friends that loved it! I felt like it was being wasted on me in a way. And yes, if you’re wondering, I do miss bacon. And beef jerky! (Does that make me a bad vegetarian? Or just an honest one?) 😉 I did recently come across the tastiest Vegan jerky by Primal Strips. My favourite is the Mesquite Lime flavour!
 
My tips for going Veggie 
  1.  Don’t skimp on protein! - Protein is the thing that keeps you feeling full so you need to make sure that you’re replacing meat with other protein-rich foods. Not just carbs! Think pulses, edamame beans, chickpeas, tofu and falafel.
  1.  The freezer aisle is your friend! - It takes 28 days to break a habit and although I prefer to prepare/cook my own meals, it’s great to have some quick meat-free options standing by for those days that you’re rushed for time. Mexican bean burgers, Quorn southern style chicken, and Linda McCartney sausages are a few of my go-to options for last minute meals!
  1.  You do you girl! - The lovely Results with Lucy nutritionist, also known as Louise, told me that when it comes to changing your diet, there’s no one correct way of doing it. (And FYI she was so right!) Everyone’s personality, willpower and body is different so whether you’re ready to go cold turkey (pardon the pun) OR you’d rather try going veggie for two days each week, you’re off to a great start!
  1.  Scour the web for inspo - Look online for some yummy meat-free recipes and get cooking! I love the range of vegetarian options on the Results with Lucy recipe bank. Or you can go old-fashioned and borrow some cookbooks from family and friends (if you don’t have any of your own!)
  1.  Plan your week out! - Committing to a new diet is a lot about planning and preparation. If you don’t have the right ingredients in, it’s easy to slip back into old bad habits! Get yourself a food diary, pick your recipes and write out a weekly shopping list. You’ll save more time and money too if you make meals in bulk and throw a few portions in the freezer for those inevitable “I don’t want to cook”
Recipe Time!
Now if you’re signed up to any of the Results With Lucy plans, then you’re probably already aware that you have access to tonnes of delicious, healthy recipes, whether you’re gluten free, dairy free OR you eat absolutely everything! (No judgement!) Just make sure you choose ‘vegetarian’ in the search filters to see all the meat-free dishes they have to offer. My favourites right now are:
Cauliflower Pizza - Because who doesn’t love pizza? Cauliflower is such a great replacement for carbs and it works perfectly to create a crumbly pizza base. Blitz one whole cauliflower in a food processor, mix with an egg and 60g of sliced mozzarella and roll out into little (or big) circles on a greased baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees and that’s your base done! Add tomato puree, all the veggies your heart desires and just remember to not go too crazy on the cheese. (We’re trying to be healthy after all!)

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
 - I know what you're thinking, “It’s May Izzy, why do you want soup!?” Well if the English weather was a little more cooperative, maybe I wouldn't be loving soup so much, but for now it’s remaining a firm favourite. This one has such a nice balance of sweetness from the honey, heat from the onion and garlic and creaminess from the butternut squash itself. It’s a heavenly combination and I suggest you try it ASAP!
 
Berry Overnight Oats - There are so many tasty breakfast options on RWL but I think these have to be my favourite cause they’re so easy to make! (Plus they're pretty instagrammable too..) They’re so filling, healthy, and take about two minutes to prepare! Just grab a mason jar or something similar, add 40g oats, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, a handful of berries and then 250ml of your preferred milk. (I went for coconut milk cause I love the flavour!) Mix them all together, leave overnight and feast in the morning.

Told you it was Instagrammable!
 
So that’s it from me, I hope you enjoyed reading this, and if you did, don’t forget to head over to www.ADoseOfChatter.com for more of my ramblings. If you want to access a few examples of Results With Lucy recipes then have a look at their Free Forever Plan where you can have information on what ingredients to buy and how to make them for 7 days. Plus you get to access to a few workouts too. All you have to do is CLICK HERE and enter your details and you're ready to go!
Happy National Vegetarian week!
Loves
Izzy

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