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Happy Tuesday to you!

I went out yesterday and filled our shopping cart with strictly fruits/vegetables, and healthy foods. I bought beans, whole grain pita & bread, rolled oats & brown rice, nonfat soymilk & cow's milk, herbal tea, fish, chicken, etc.

As a challenge to myself, I wanted to see if I could make a day of eating strictly vegetarian. I don't see myself becoming vegetarian, but I think some of the health benefits are worth a try. This is something I have NEVER done before. I DID IT! Actually, it wasn't that difficult. That got me to thinking.....

Your challenge today is to EAT ONE COMPLETELY VEGETARIAN MEAL. You choose the meal and what you eat.

The one misconception that many of us have is that vegetarians don't consume protein. This just isn't true (or healthy). Great ways to get protein into your vegetarian meal are:

*Beans (kidney, black, garbanzo, lentils, etc.)

*Soy products (soy milk, edamame, etc.)

*Nuts & seeds (Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts)

*Grains (Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Quinoa, Rye, Wheat germ, Whole Wheat, Wild rice all have protein in them!)

*Vegetables (Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Okra, Onions, Mushrooms, Peas, Leeks, Spinach, Corn, Tomatoes, Watercress, and Yams all have protein in them!)

*Fruits (Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon all have protein in them!)

Eating the above foods will do your body good! What will your vegetarian meal be? Feel free to share what you had on the menu!


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