Getting the right amount of protein is important to maintain human health. It was once believed that a vegetarian diet could not deliver the proper amount of protein that humans needed without including at least some red meat. However, this has been proven not to be the case.
If you follow a proper vegetarian diet with the right amount of bean, grains, lentils, and vegetables you get all of the essential amino acids that you need to maintain a healthy diet. The benefit of consuming plant proteins instead of animal protein is that you will not only eating a healthier diet but your risk for many medical problems will be lowered. Eating a diet that is high in animal protein increases your risk for developing kidney disease, certain cancers, kidney stones, and even osteoporosis.
Making the switch to become a vegetarian does not mean that your daily meals will be filled with bland food that resembles bark from a tree. There are many choices that you can make to have delicious and attractive looking meals. For breakfast, have oatmeal, toast with peanut butter, your favorite fruit, and cereal with soymilk and top it off with a sliced banana or your other favorite fruit.
At lunchtime, you can choose from having a veggieburger, garden salad, baked sweet or regular potato topped with your favorite vegetable, hummus, or a hearty vegetable soup with crackers, or a bowl of fresh fruit. For dinner, you could choose from having burritos stuffed with beans, rice, tomatoes, and avocado, or a fresh garden salad.
You could opt for a Chinese stir-fry made with tofu and vegetables such as broccoli, onions, and ginger or vegetarian sausage. You could also have pasta topped with a vegetarian spaghetti sauce or just a nice selection of your favorite vegetables with a nice vegetarian dip. If you get hungry during the day, make sure that you have some vegetarian snacks on hand like fresh fruit, trail mix, dried fruit, or a soy based yogurt.