Flexitarian for ‘fancy’? Learn what it actually means
Flexitarian is a new name that has been given to people, who are mainly vegetarian but will still eat meat or fish from time to time.
This is a very healthy way to eat to support the environment and to support your own health.
Too much meat can be inflammatory, affecting joint health. Since the war, people have increased their consumption of red meat dramatically which now may be linked to ware and tare on the joints. Meat is also very acidic and our body needs to be more alkaline to help reduce toxins and again to protect joints.
Being only vegetarian you can be depleted in nutrients found mainly in meat and fish such as iron, zinc and B12. These all support your energy cycle and your memory.
Being naturally vegetarian, you do have to be careful not just to live on cheese.
So as part of a healthy flexitarian diet it is important to add egg, pulses (chickpeas & lentils) nuts, seeds and tofu for good sources of protein.
Protein helps support healthy hair, skin and nails as well as switch off the appetite hormones.
So a healthy flexitarian diet should be as follows: have fish twice a week and meat once a week
|Breakfast: Yoghurt with seeds and berries|
|Lunch: Cheese and tomato sandwich and 1 x fruit|
|Dinner: lentil and butternut squash stew with brown rice|
|Dessert: Baked apple with pistachios and 1 tsp of honey|
|Breakfast: porridge with fruit and almonds|
|Lunch: egg salad and 1 slice of wholemeal bread|
|Snack: 1 x flapjack|
|Dinner: Chickpea curry with brown rice|
|Breakfast: Porridge with apple compote|
|Snack: handful of munchie seeds|
|Lunch: hummus with a pitta bread and sald|
|Snack: 2 x baby bell cheese|
|Dinner: Salmon with baked potato and peas/green beans|
|Breakfast: Greek yoghurt with berries|
|Lunch: cottage cheese with baked potato/salad|
|Snack: 9 seed bar|
|Dinner: Quorn sausage with ratatouie|
|Breakfast: Museili with yoghurt|
|Snack: 1 x fruit|
|Lunch: Tuna salad|
|Snack: handful of dried fruit and nuts|
|Dinner: Spanish omelette with peas/green beans plus pre cooked potatoes|
|1 x glass of wine|
Day 6 weekend
|Breakfast: Pancakes made with 1 cup of almond milk half a cup of buckwheat flour & 1 egg. Mix all ingredients and cook for 1 minute on each side in good no stick pan. Serve with berries, crème fresh and 1 tsp of honey.|
|Lunch: Carrot & coriander soup with butterbeans and 1 toasted wholemeal muffin|
|Snack: wholemeal scone with quark and blueberry jam|
|Dinner: Cod with roasted vegetables and baked potato|
|Small bar of dark chocolate and 1 small glass of wine|
Day 7 Sunday
|Breakfast: Brunch Scrambled egg with smoke salmon on 1 slice of rye bread|
|Lunch: Roast Chicken with sweet potato mash, broccoli & peas with marigold organic gravy|
|Dessert: Apple crumble made with half wholemeal & white flour and 2 dsp of flaked almonds|
|Tea: Cheese and crackers with chutney, celery sticks, tomato and an apple|
Eating a flexitarian diet gives you the best of both worlds so you can enjoy more social occasions and it doesn’t give you the excuse to live off just cheese and pasta! While it should give help keep your energy levels more even.