During the holiday season, we vegetarians often have to deal with a series of questions, most containing the never before heard query “How can you survive Christmas dinner w/o meat??”. Well for their information, I survived just fine, and my non-vegetarian guest was more than satisfied. (You’ll be seeing my holiday entry complete with photos, recipes, and more in the next day or two–there’s a lot of foodage to put together!). What I’m getting at is, what’s with the negativity and false assumptions? Lauren, my co-author of the blog, has lately been inundated with questions regarding how she consumes adequate protein, nutrients, vitamins, the whole nine yards. After awhile, even for someone as strong-willed and secure as herself, it becomes overwhelming! And being human, we may even for a second think “What if they’re right???”
What we vegetarians, and all people for that matter need to be is more educated on food values and nutrition as a whole. Maybe if we took a moment to compare and contrast the nutritional content of beef hamburger with say, a lentil burger or a meal comprised of tofu and veggies, we’d realize the number of benefits a card carrying vegetarian has!
I want to get more into this issue later in a future entry, wherein I will display nutritional content of various food items, some meat, and some meat-free, to further substantiate our vegetarian cause.
In the meantime, check out this nifty site and get the facts on basically any food: