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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
May 14, 2017
National Vegetarian Week takes place during the middle week of May each year. Are you up for the challenge to eat “veggie” for the week? Or if a week seems too much, why not try Meat-Free Monday!
Not only are vegetarian meals tasty, quick to prepare and affordable, there are many health benefits from eating less meat. Benefits of a veggie diet include:
Going veggie doesn’t mean just cutting out meat
Whilst a vegetarian diet can be healthier, it’s important that it is well balanced to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. For example, protein, iron, calcium, omega-3s and Vitamin B12. Note: this list isn’t exhaustive – for further information, check out the British Dietetic Association Plant-Based Diet factsheet. Some tips to get you started:
Swap your protein
Increase iron absorption!
Scrumptious veggie snacks
For more veggie inspiration:
And to finish… some veggie jokes (we couldn’t resist!)
***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.