You’ll be sick of me telling you this by now but I’ve been vegetarian for 3 or 4 years and have recently started cutting out dairy a wee bit at a time, hoping to be vegan in a few years’ time. As a vegetarian, one thing I get asked an awful lot is what I can eat. Some people seem to think that, because I don’t eat meat, literally all I can eat is fruit and veg Well, my friend, you’re wrong. There’s a lot more than veg and meat to the world and the options for non meat-eaters are getting more and more varied over time. Here’s an idea of a typical day for me, food-wise.
A typical breakfast for me is some sort of muesli or granola with almond milk because it’s super quick for those rushed uni mornings. If I have more time, I’m all about the bagel-life, toasted with peanut butter and banana. If I go out for breakfast, pancakes or waffles with syrup. If I’m feeling fancy, avocado on toast with lemon juice and paprika. You don’t need bacon to have a great breakfast.
When I’m at uni, lunch has to be quick, convenient and cheap. This doesn’t mean it can’t be lovely though! There are plenty of places around Glasgow where you can grab a quick vegetarian-friendly lunch, my personal favourite is actually Boots. They do a great £3.29 meal-deal (sandwich (or something like it), drink and snack) and have plenty of vegetarian options. My favourite is the pesto and pine nut pasta but there are a good few really nice options (and it’s brilliant value). Sainsbury’s do a good meal-deal too and their hummus and falafel wrap is amazing. Starbucks is also pretty great, I usually get their three-cheese toastie but I’m not sure what they offer for vegans. Costa does a good mozzarella, tomato and pesto panini but, again, not sure what vegan options are available. If I’m getting lunch from Costa or Starbucks, I go for a peppermint tea or a latte (sometimes soy latte) to accompany it. If I can’t be bothered being healthy, McDonalds do the best mozzarella sticks. If I’m having lunch at home, avocado on toast.
Dinner is very varied for me, with both myself and my mum enjoying cooking. The rest of my family are meat-eaters but don’t eat very much meat anyway and whenever they are having meat, I just have something else or a meat-free variation. Some of my favourite dinners are risottos, stir-frys and any vegetarian pasta dish. I just load it up with different vegetables and I’m happy.
I usually snack through the day too. I’m a huge fan of vegetable crisps (Pret do nice ones, so do Tyrells and Kettle Chips) and ProperCorn do a really nice sweet and salted pop corn (and it’s vegan). Healthy, vegetarian and super affordable! You can buy some really good healthy snacks in Boots or Sainsbury’s. When I’m at home, avocado on toast works well as a snack too. Avocado on toast is great – quick, easy, affordable, healthy and really filling. I highly recommend it.
As you can see, I’m not restricted. I don’t eat meat but that definitely doesn’t mean I struggle to find nice food. My diet is varied and, in my experience, there are plenty of options to replace meat in my life. Vegetarianism can be easy.
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