17. Protein-Powered Snacks
It is extremely important for vegetarians to remain full and satiated in order to avoid untimely carb and meat cravings, and this can be achieved by having well-timed protein powered snacks throughout the day. If you have multiple high-protein snacks during the day, it will help you stay energetic and active, and avoid those mid-day slumps.
You can pick out dried edamame for a protein-powered snack that you can munch on your desk, while seasoned sunflower seeds, and peanut or almond butter with apple slices and fruits would also make a crunchy treat. If you haven’t given up on dairy products, you can snack on string cheese, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt with berries.
18. Stock up on Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Vegetarians are strongly advised to be mindful about their consumption of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a kind of unsaturated fat, which aids in fortifying the health and strength of the heart, energizing the body and fighting off inflammation.
Fish packs up the highest concentration of omega-3s but vegetarians can consume this essential nutrient from walnuts, soybean oil, flaxseed and canola oil. Ground flaxseeds and soybeans are also brimming with omega-3s.
Here’s an easy trick: just toss some flaxseeds into your juices and smoothies to consume your nutrients on the-go.
19. Steaming instead of Boiling
Most people are not aware of the fact that steaming vegetables is more efficient at preserving the nutrients as opposed to boiling them. Research reveals that boiling vegetables causes the vitamins to evaporate with the water. Unless you are making a stew or a soup, there’s simply no point of boiling vegetables if you are going to drain the water, as you will end up losing the essential nutrients that make them so healthy.
Instead, steam them and enjoy your favorite veggies with an easy-to-cook process. If you don’t like the taste of steam veggies, and would rather prefer boil or stir fried vegetables, don’t force yourself. It is important to consume your vegetables in a manner that you find most comfortable and delicious. You can choose your pick between steaming, boiling or even microwaving.