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Why You Should Try Going Veggie This World Vegetarian Day!

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Why You Should Try Going Veggie This World Vegetarian Day!

The 1st of October is World Vegetarian Day! So, whether you’re vegetarian or not, we think it’s the perfect excuse to embrace and try something different in your diet. Many will be under the impression that a vegetarian diet is boring and restrictive, but that’s a lie. We want to bust that myth with the help of our delicious KBK Vegetarian meal prep plan!

We have a delicious range of meals lined up for the week of World Vegetarian Day. Our menu including pasta vegetable arrabiata, blueberry pancakes with cashew and coconut, vegetable red lentil dahl, and loads more. Our talented and highly experienced chefs ensured each meal is nutritionally balanced and made with seasonal produce. That means that you’ll have with the end result of a delicious, healthy meal every time. Going veggie has a whole host of benefits that comes with it, from the environmental side to the health and wellbeing side, so we think that World Vegetarian Day is the perfect excuse to give our KBK Vegetarian plan a try. Still not so sure? Read on to find out more about the benefits of a vegetarian diet. 

 

Health Benefits

We all know the benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, but what are the benefits of going completely vegetarian? Firstly, provided that you follow the veggie diet correctly, there are multiple potential health benefits. These range from a healthy heart to a reduced risk of certain types of cancers. Let’s find out more. 

Heart Health

One study has suggested that vegetarians could be 33% less likely to be hospitalised or even die from heart disease. Howeve,r what you eat within a vegetarian diet still matters. To stay healthy, make sure that you eat plenty of high-fibre whole grains, nuts and legumes alongside those fruits and vegetables.

There are a few potential reasons why a vegetarian diet can be good for our hearts.  This is because by eating foods high in fibre, you’ll work towards better cholesterol levels; and this helps to reduce our risk of heart disease. Additionally, fruit and vegetables (particularly leafy greens) can be high in antioxidants which can also contribute to a healthy heart. For example, pecans, blueberries, spinach and kale all are all great high-antioxidant foods.

 

Reduced Cancer Risk?

A number of studies have observed that vegetarians have a reduced risk of developing cancer as a whole. However, according to the World Cancer Research Fund, no individual studies have been able to show a significant reduction in the risk of specific cancers. Although more research is needed on the subject, we do know is that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has the potential to help to reduce our risk of cancer.

Lower Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

There’s a number of studies that indicate a healthy vegetarian diet can help to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. One study found that those who followed a lifelong vegetarian diet had a 35% lower risk of developing diabetes. Others who switched to vegetarianism later in life actually reduced their risk by over 50%. This could be down to vegetarian diets being high in nuts, legumes and whole grains, all of which help to steady blood sugar levels. 

 

Environmental Benefits

In addition to the health benefits that can come with a vegetarian diet, there are also benefits for the planet too. In a world where we’re all much more conscious about how our actions affect the environment, going veggie can be a step in the right direction!

Beat Climate Change

Yes, there’s the potential to do our bit in the fight against climate change simply by switching to a vegetarian diet. According to The Vegetarian Society, veggie diet results in 2.5 times less carbon emission. After being vegetarian for a year, the emissions you’ll save would be the equivalent of taking a small car off the road for six months. Additionally, as plant protein requires less water than meat to be produced, going veggie also means you’ll be saving water too.

 

Animal Welfare

The welfare of animals is one of many reasons why someone might choose to follow a vegetarian diet. In the UK, over two million animals are slaughtered every day, and while in this country our methods of slaughter can be considered more humane than others, many still believe that slaughtering animals full stop is inhumane. So, for those who want to do more to help the animals we share our planet with, a vegetarian diet can be a great way to do your bit. 

 

How Do I Make the Transition?

If you’ve been persuaded to give the veggie diet a try, good for you! However, you may be wondering how you can make the transition. Don’t worry, we’ve put together some top tips to help make the whole thing a little easier.

Decide on Your Approach

If you’re thinking of going vegetarian as a more permanent choice rather than just for a week (or even just for World Vegetarian Day), it’s a good idea to decide on your approach. Will you be going cold turkey and giving up meat straight away, or will you do things more gradually?

If you opt for the gradual approach, you could start out with vegetarian meals one or two days a week, or perhaps having one meat-free meal a day and easing yourself into it. If you decide to go full-on cold turkey, it can be really useful to plan your meals in advance. Things like donating meat-based meals and ingredients is a good idea, as it will stop you falling off the wagon. Not sure how to make delicious vegetarian meals? That’s where our KBK Vegetarian Meal Prep plans come in – your meals will arrive ready-prepared, all you need to do is heat them up! Plus, by taking a look at our veggie menu you’ll be able to see the delicious meals you’ve got to look forward to.

 

Ensure Plenty of Variety

Don’t worry about being restricted in your meal choices either – there are so many possibilities out there when it comes to vegetarian diets. At KBK Meal Prep, not only are our plans designed to save you time, but they’re also created to ensure you have plenty of variety in what you eat. Our chefs put together a delicious, diverse menu for you each week, so you can enjoy something different and try new recipes every day. 

Check for Veggie Options in Advance

If you’re heading out with friends for dinner, it’s a good idea to do your research beforehand when it comes to veggie options. Vegetarian menus in restaurants are much better and much more varied these days, so there’s no need for you to miss out. Even so, knowing what options will be available to you can make things a lot easier. It’ll stop you giving in and going for a meat dish just to keep things simple.

 

Get Plenty of Support

Following a vegetarian diet can be tricky if you live with meat-eaters. Making sure you’ve got adequate support is a must. If you have any friends or relatives who are vegetarian, tell them about your decision. They might have useful tips (or perhaps even recipes) for you. Alternatively, there’s plenty of vegetarian communities on the internet where you can meet others and get some much-needed support.

 

What Can You Expect with the KBK Vegetarian Menu? 

There’s plenty of tasty meals for you to enjoy with our KBK Vegetarian meal prep plan. For World Vegetarian Day we’ve gone all out with some delicious creations. There are a few key ingredients that will become your friend if you decide to convert.

Your meals

These key ingredients include sweet potatoes, veggie mince, and chickpeas. We’re betting you were expecting it to just be tofu! all these tasty alternatives make an appearance in next week’s menu. For dinner, you can enjoy a hearty plant-based pie with sweet potato mash or  punchy chilli and rosemary Quorn linguine. Start your day with delicious breakfasts as well, including mango and passion fruit chia pudding and tasty overnight oats. Your lunchtimes can be full of wonderful veggie goodness too! Tuck into meals such as cauliflower and chickpea tacos and Spanish pasta with spiced squash.

Who says a veggie diet has to be boring? If that’s got your mouth watering, be sure to take a look at next week’s full menu to see exactly what you’ll be enjoying for the week. 

A healthy, balanced, vegetarian diet

Our vegetarian meal prep plan is the perfect way to enjoy a balanced, varied and colourful diet. The best bit? You don’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen! As always, you can choose from two or three meals a day, and even add a healthy snack too. If you’re not sure whether going full veggie is for you, why not try our three-day taster option? Maybe you’re used to the vegetarian diet and you’re ready to go vegan instead. If so, try our delicious plant-based plan which is packed with beautifully crafted meals suitable for a vegan diet. 

Whether you’re a newbie to KBK Meal Prep or one of our regular users, we think our vegetarian plan is a great way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle, and maybe even discover your new favourite dish too. We know there’s plenty of benefits to be had, for our health and for the planet too!

 

Written by Amy Jackson – Content and Features Writer at My Favourite Voucher Codes – 23rd September 2020

 

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https://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/a-vegetarian-diet-for-heart-health.aspx 

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