Vegetarian Times is one of my all-time favorite print magazines; in fact, it’s one of the few to which I still subscribe since I’ve started cutting back on all the paper and mail that wanders into our house. VegetarianTimes.com is their website and I’ve found it to be a terrific resource for recipes, gardening tips and so much more.
They have a wonderful four-part series on their website called “The 28-Day Vegetarian Boot Camp” and I’ve recommended it to several new vegetarians who’ve loved it. But, I’ve also had several longtime vegetarians tell me that going through the four-week program helped them rejuvenate their vegetarian diets with healthier choices and plenty of great recipes.
The 28 Day Vegetarian Boot Camp is completely free and it has some wonderful features.
There’s some great introductory information for new vegetarians that will help you to plan your diet so that you get plenty of the nutrients you need and avoid some of the common pitfalls of eating a plant-based diet.
One of the best features is the 4 week vegetarian meal plan. Developed by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN, it’s a mix and match plan, so it’s easily adaptable to your schedule and your tastes. It’s a great way for new vegetarians to get started on planning their meals, but it’s also a wonderful tool to help more experienced vegetarians get out of a cooking rut.
The site explains the meal plan this way:
Each breakfast, lunch, and dinner contains about 400-Calories and averages 16 grams of protein; each 200-calorie snack averages 6.5 protein grams. Mix and match to your heart’s content: by choosing three meals and two snacks a day, you’ll get flavor, satisfaction, and a balance of essential nutrients in just 1,600 calories.”
There are tons of recipes included with the meal plan, so don’t worry of you’re not the most experienced cook. They’re simple to prepare and they look delicious.
This is a great link to pass on to the new vegetarians you know but you might want to check it out even if you’re an old hand!