A vegetarian lifestyle

Are you wondering, who is considered a vegetarian? A vegetarian is a person who consumes fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains and protein. The protein consumed comes from non-meat food items.

The dark green vegetables are known as “green leafy veggies” which are healthy and packed with lots of vitamins, nutrients and fiber. The following vegetables are considered green leafy vegetables: Brussels Sprouts, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Kale.

A vegetarian lifestyle has great benefits. Research shows, consuming a plant-based vegetarian diet can help reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Enjoy consuming healthy vegetarian dishes. Find healthy vegetarian recipes online or inside vegetarian cookbooks. Also discuss your vegetarian lifestyle with a doctor or dietitian so you can receive the daily recommended amounts of protein, fiber, vitamins and nutrients.

I do not consider myself a vegetarian, instead I am known as a semi-vegetarian or “flexitarian” who consumes meat 25-50% of the time. I must admit, changing my lifestyle has improved my overall health.

I also love this time of year, because I can purchase fresh vegetables from the outdoor Farmer’s Market. Depending on where you live, outdoor markets are available year round.

If you are taking medications that interact with green leafy vegetables, consult with your doctor or pharmacist before consuming: Brussels Sprouts, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Kale.

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