brooke with salad

I remember the exact moment I decided to become a vegetarian. (Technically, I’m a pescatarian because I still eat fish on occasion).  It was Ash Wednesday 2009. It was something I had been thinking about for a while and decided there was no time like the present to do it. I have to admit it’s rather hard in the beginning to go all out vegetarian, especially if you lead a very busy life that requires a lot of eating on the go.

Eventually, it just becomes a way of life and you just learn to plan accordingly. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it, but not quite ready to give up all meat. A good way to start is by taking baby steps and being a part-time vegetarian. Recently, I have given much thought to going all out vegan, but have hesitated.  These tips can be adjusted to fit those needs as well.  I think I can accomplish being a part-time vegan at least a couple of days a week.

Pick one day a week to go meatless. Meatless Mondays have gained a lot of popularity.

veggie burger on plate

Instead of cooking regular hamburgers on the grill, try a veggie burger.  This is one of my favorite meals.  They are also great for a quick dinner or lunch and pack lots of protein.  You can always pick up a frozen patty at the grocery or try making your own! Try Skinny Mom’s Big Fat Greek Veggie Burger made with garbanzo beans!

Increase your salad experience. There’s nothing better than a beautiful salad as the main event of a meal.  Experiment with different toppings like nuts and fruits.

strawberry pineapple smoothie

Learn to start your day without the bacon and eggs.  A delicious smoothie like the Skinny Mom Strawberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie will leave you feeling satisfied and kick start your day without the fat.

I just want to offer you a bit of advice, because I learned it the hard way. Just because you’re skipping the burger or the steak doesn’t mean you can double-up on the fries and baked potatoes.  Trust me; you will gain weight if you do this.  For some strange reason, I thought being meat-free gave me a license to load up on the carbs. Quite the contrary, I needed to find ways to lower my carbs and increase my protein.

Need some more inspiration on the path to going vegetarian, check out more Skinny Mom vegetarian recipes!