mjbaroli7 months ago
Yay, another convert! :P
I've been a vegetarian for about two years now and have not found it difficult to meet my nutritional needs and have an exciting diet. Things become a little more difficult when you start trying to cut out dairy and gluten (I know you did not mention giving up gluten but it might be something you consider in the future). Canned beans (of all sorts), lentils, brown rice and Quinoa (a wheat like substance that is actually a seed) have become my best friends! Tofu and tempeh are also great protein sources, especially when you want something that is similar to the consistency of meat. These things, and other protein/carbohydrate sources are essential to your energy levels as you make the switch. That being said, you still may need to invest in a B-12 supplement and an Iron supplement as these are hard to obtain without eating meat. For exciting recipes when I am bored with plain salads and bland tofu, I explore some of my favorite vegan/vegetarian sites:
http://ohsheglows.com/ (Vegan, also includes great dessert recipes and green smoothie recipes which are great for energy levels!)
http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/ (You can scroll for hours on this one)
You can always get the creative juices flowing by looking at these sites and then using whatever you have in your kitchen to imitate something! I make stir fries practically every other day.
Hope I helped!