ABC, Lowcountry Live: Meatless Meals and Snacks for Vegetarian Awareness Month

Mia Syn TV Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

You don’t need to be completely vegan or vegetarian to reap the benefits of incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Today on ABC WCIV, Lowcountry Live, I shared meatless meal and snack ideas that everyone can enjoy.

My go-to protein other than meat

Nut butter is a good source of plant-based protein. Naturally More’s Roasted Almond Butter has flaxseeds and probiotics added. Flaxseeds have those good omega-3 fats (for the brain and heart) and probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support our digestion and immune system. Besides pairing it with sliced apples or carrots – why not get creative with it? I like to add mine to waffle batter or granola bars for ultimate staying power.

Hummus: every plant-eater’s BFF

Hummus is one of my favorite foods!  Traditional hummus is made with beans, which are a good source of fiber and plant protein. I shared some FUN flavors including Sriracha Carrot, Edamame, Cucumber from Lantana. Lantana is a hummus brand well known for incorporating unique ingredients and developing bold, colorful flavors. Hummus goes great with crackers and veggies, but I like to use it as a sandwich spread and salad dressing, as well!

Quick, convenient meatless meals 

If you want to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet and you don’t know where to start, I’ve got you. I shared Sweet Earth’s functional burritos and entrée bowls. They are made with delicious ingredients like seasoned tofu, quinoa, veggies. Even though they are meatless, they are loaded protein and a great source of fiber. You can find them in the freezer section of the grocery store. Simply pop them in the microwave and they’re ready to eat.

Up your nutrition, the plant-based way

WHEATGRASS is a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I shared a dried wheatgrass juice powder from Maju Superfoods. You can add it to your smoothies or yogurt for a boost of nutrition. All their products are 100% organic and free of additive or contaminants. They pride themselves in providing food that is free of excess heavy metals or contaminants. They do this by focusing on its source. 

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