I changed my diet to a mostly vegetarian diet many years ago. It’s not easy and I so wish this book had been available when I made the change.
The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian byRrachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN is geared towards teens and young adults, but the information is GREAT and is good for all ages.
I love the way the author approaches it, going vegetarian is such a personal choice for so many people. Everyone has different reasons to change their diets: health, compassion for the animals or even just being curious. This book addresses all aspects of vegetarianism.
Since I changed my diet, I’ve been vegetarian, vegan and now I am a flexitarian…… This basically means I occasionally eat meat, but mostly stick to a vegan diet. My body just responds better to this way of eating so I am sticking with it for now.
There is a quick little quiz at the beginning of the book to help you decide what you are ready for, going full on vegan or flexitarian or just following Meatless Monday’s. Then the book goes into all the nutrients you need to make sure you get into your diet and examples of meals for the day to show you how easy it is to get it!
The book is easy to read, easy to follow and is accepting of all forms of vegetarians. I thoroughly enjoyed it and like I said before, really wish I had a book similar to this when I changed my diet so many years ago!!! I love the section on what to order at my favorite restaurants!
Big Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookie:
Makes 6 cookies
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 cup natural peanut butter, crunchy
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mash the banana well in bowl. Add the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix. In another bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, coconut, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir the oat mixture into banana mixture until well combined (use your hands). Roll about 1/4 cup batter into a ball and flatten slightly onto cookie sheet. Lay each cookie 3 inches apart. Bake for 12-15 mins or until lightly browned on the bottom; allow to cool for at least 15 mins before eating.
If you are VegCurious, check out the book and also check out these movies: Forks Over Knives, Hungry for Change or Food, Inc.