A young nerd boy with glasses is excited to eat his vegetables. He is sitting at a table and has an excited expression on his face.

It’s World Vegetarian Day! And if you’re not a vegetarian, you might be thinking, well what’s the big deal? So what? You don’t eat meat, hurrah for you!

And I get it, kind of. While at Lifesum we don’t necessarily have a vegetarian agenda, we think it’s always worth cutting down. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. Reduced risk of disease Woman Chopping food ingredients

Vegetarians skip a lot of the high cholesterol, high-fat foods common to a meat-eater diet. As a result, they have a much lower risk of developing health diseases that arise from these.

2. Better for the environment Fruits and vegetables overhead assortment colorful background green, yellow to red

Did you know that livestock generates more greenhouse gases than cars and trucks worldwide combined? That’s according to the UN in 2006. Kind of nuts if you think about it. If you want to be green, eat more green and less red!

3. Health and weight-loss benefits Cooking Preparing Food Ingredient Vegetarian Concept

It’s not a promise, but the numbers say it all. It’s been shown that vegetarians have lower BMIs than people who eat meat. Although BMIs can’t be fully relied upon as a judge for how healthy you are, they’re a pretty good indication.
Okay, okay, enough vegetarian propaganda. Why not try one recipe in honour of World Vegetarian Day? Here are a few suggestions:

Breakfast: Goats Cheese, Mushroom and Tomato Omelettes
324 calories, 8g carbs, 23g fat, 22g protein

Lunch: Tasty Tomato Soup with Paprika and Basil
187 calories, 7g carbs, 17g fat, 2g protein

Dinner: Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms with Feta
99 calories, 3g carbs, 6g fat, 6g protein
(this is way too light to be a meal, we get that, why not follow it up with something filling and delicious, like sweet potato?)

Dessert: Gluten-Free Blackberry Pudding
463 calories, 8g carbs, 44g fat, 10g protein

What are you going to try for World Vegetarian Day?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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