I Feel Bad For Vegetarians (and not due to the usual reasons...)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Today (March 1, 2010) ended up being a completely vegetarian day, not on purpose, but due to not managing to get to my butcher's before they closed. Don't get me wrong, I've done vegetarian days before, but I've never actually tracked my nutrition for them.

By the end of the day I was wondering how vegetarians manage to get a decent balance of nutrition and not feel as if their stomachs are exploding emoticon

This was my dinner:

Steamed Trader Joe's Cucumber Wontons (100 cal) on top of 4 slices of cucumber as an appetizer.

Eggplant (1cup) sauteed in coconut milk (1/4 cup mixed with black pepper, ground ginger, sweet paprika and oregano), steamed okra (0.5 cup) and potatoes (1 medium idaho potato), and red kidney beans made with onions and salsa.

Nutrition Breakdown for Appetizer and Dinner
Total Calories: 583
Total Carbs: 104 g
Total Fat: 11 g (9 from the coconut milk)
Total Protein: 27 g (14 from the beans)
Dietary Fiber: 10.2 g

My entire day has been like this, and I barely made my minimums for calories, carbs, fat and protein! I am stuffed!

Vegetarians, how do you do it?
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    My daughter is a vegetarian and she has been educating us on wonderful meal preparation. We celebrated last Thanksgiving with her and her stepfather and her came up with a fantastic meal with a combination of a meat dish and protein vegetarian dishes to die for. We all were stuffed. I think it is a educational journey. Get this, she became a vegetarian in her teens, then went 'vegan' in her early 20's and finally came back to being a vegetarian (thank goodness). She loved it and even more loves teaching us meat eating people to enjoy her way of life.
    2839 days ago
    I usually find that lean red meat and dairy take care of my protein requirements, without being high in cholesterol. Add some nuts into the mix, and protein AND fat (I was apparently not getting ENOUGH of that when I first started tracking food) are taken care of completely. Grains and veggies for fiber, and you're good to go.

    I just don't get how you can get the protein and fat as a vegetarian without the "fake meat" products that are also atrociously high in sodium!
    2847 days ago
    Yum your food choices look delicious! I always find it difficult to meet my protein amounts and I'm not a vegetarian, crazy huh!
    2847 days ago
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