//The Benefits of Becoming A Vegetarian

The Benefits of Becoming A Vegetarian

For some people, becoming a vegetarian seems like a ‘no-no.’ For others, there isn’t a shred of doubt when it comes to saying good-bye to meat. Then we have people who are on the fence – maybe they like their meat, but care about the cause. In any case, it’s important for us to learn about the various benefits of becoming a vegetarian and to realize that it’s actually not that difficult.

Research shows that the perception of vegetarianism on health has gone through its own transformation in the last two decades. While “in 1980 the American Dietetic Association (ADA) had serious doubts about whether a vegetarian diet is nutritionally sound,” today the position has changed almost entirely.

It doesn’t matter from what angle we look at it: going veggie is beneficial for our health as well as the environment, and makes us more mindful of animal rights.  By eating less meat, you reduce the risk of cancer and even lose weight. In addition, to really go green, help our environment and reduce greenhouse gases, it’s important to acknowledge that giving up meat, or at least reducing it, is necessary. Stats show that “raising cattle for beef and milk spews more greenhouse gases into the air than all of the cars currently on the road.” It’s when we review the benefits of vegetarianism that we realize we don’t actually need meat in our diets. So why harm animals and rob them of a life?

For a lot of people, going veggie can be difficult because they think it’s not healthy – or that vegetarian foods are not as delicious and are a hassle to prepare. But LivingLifeNatural.com is going to share with you a delicious and creamy lentil soup recipe that makes being a vegetarian easy and tasty. Are you ready?

Ingredients

1 large onion

1 large potato

1 large carrot

2 cups red lentils

Oil

Tomato Sauce

Spices: salt, pepper & turmeric

Directions

First, lightly fry diced onions with oil until slightly golden. Then add 2 teaspoons of turmeric, salt and pepper. Here you can go ahead and add any other favorite spices you like as well. We like to add some ginger sometimes, and many prefer to add some garlic. In the next step, you want to add your diced carrots and potatoes and mix them with your onions that have become softened. Allow 5-10 minutes and then add your lentils and mix. From this point, add your tomato sauce, and 3-4 cups of water. Allow 1 hour of cooking time for the lentils to break down and turn creamy. The potatoes and carrots should also be soft.

Remember, everyone’s lentil soup will taste different – that’s the beauty of it. If you like a sweeter taste, swap the potato for a sweet potato. Add  your favorite spices. If you like a thicker soup, use less water, and add more if you’re looking for something lighter. This is a very easy, quick and delicious soup that is nutritious, full of protein and extremely filling!

It’s your turn now. Get in touch with us and share your favorite vegetarian recipe.

By | 2017-08-11T16:57:23+00:00 March 13th, 2015|Categories: Health and Nutrition|Tags: , |0 Comments

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Zahra Khosroshahi

Zahra is a Ph.D. student at the University of East Anglia (UEA), looking at the representation of women in contemporary Iranian cinema. When she’s not consumed by films, she likes to write about environmental and health issues. It all started with their family business www.LivingLifeNatural.com where her research turned into a lifelong passion and mission. Zahra believes that we all need to take better care of our shared and only home. To get to know her better, check out her Instagram @zahra_livinglifenatural.