Flexitarian Diet Recipes

Sample Recipe courtesy of U.S. News

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What You’ll Eat

Flexitarians are predominantly vegetarians, but they can still enjoy a steak from time to time. You’ll focus on adding five food groups to your diet: the “new meat” (tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts and seeds, and eggs); fruits and veggies; whole grains; dairy; and sugar and spice (everything from dried herbs to salad dressing to agave nectar sweetener). In her book The Flexitarian Diet, registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner provides recipes aplenty. You’ll be digging into pumpkin-spice oatmeal with hazelnuts, a meatless barbeque baja burger, veggie enchiladas, cilantro-peanut stir-fry, sweet-cocoa yogurt, and apricots dipped in dark chocolate, to name a few.


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Recipe Resources

Several sites and cookbooks offer Flexitarian recipes. Try one of these resources:

Sample Menu

Here’s a day of typical meals on a 2,000-calorie DASH diet at a 2,300 mg. sodium level. Substitutions for a 1,500 mg. sodium level are in parentheses.

Breakfast

¾ cup bran flakes cereal (¾ cup shredded wheat cereal) with 1 medium banana and 1 cup low-fat milk

1 slice whole-wheat bread with 1 tsp. (unsalted) margarine

1 cup orange juice

Lunch

Sandwich—

2 slices whole-wheat bread

¾ cup (unsalted) chicken salad

1 tbsp. Dijon (regular) mustard

Salad—

½ cup fresh cucumber slices

½ cup tomato wedges

1 tbsp. sunflower seeds

1 tsp. low-calorie Italian dressing

½ cup fruit cocktail

Dinner

3 oz. beef, eye of the round, with 2 tbsp. fat-free beef gravy

1 cup green beans, sautéed with ½ tsp. canola oil

1 small baked potato topped with 1 tbsp. fat-free sour cream, 1 tbsp. grated, reduced-fat natural (low-sodium) cheddar cheese and 1 tbsp. chopped scallions

1 small whole-wheat roll with 1 tsp. (unsalted) soft margarine

1 small apple

1 cup low-fat milk

Snacks

1/3 cup almonds, unsalted

¼ cup raisins

½ cup fat-free, no-sugar-added fruit yogurt


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