What is a flexitarian diet?

What is a flexitarian diet?

Essentially, the word “flexitarian” is just a combination of the two words ‘flexible’ and ‘vegetarian’. To define a flexitarian diet, it is largely that of being a vegetarian, but one which will also sometimes include meat or fish. If you want to become part of Team Flexitarian, all you have to do is add more plant-based foods to your meals and cut down on the meat, or eat a meat equivalent. This isn’t just a diet, but more of a lifestyle for most.

There are more and more meat substitutes becoming available with the UK seemingly hungry for change. And we’ve got some great alternatives for those meat lovers who want to commit to a flexitarian lifestyle with our new and exclusive Green Cuisine plant-based products. Whether you want a super realistic substitute for meatballs, sausages or burgers, we have you covered with this really tasty range.

Why reduce meat consumption?

Protein contains a lot of the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals for our bodies, however sources other than meat are often better for us and the environment. Reducing your meat consumption is one way we can help to cut down our harmful impact on the world with 80% of all agricultural land devoted to the making of feed for livestock.

Meat consumption doesn’t have to be cut out completely – it can represent an important part of our diet as it gives us a good source of iron – however it should be reduced for the safety and welfare of our planet as well as our own health. After all, eating too much red and processed meat could potentially lead to bowel cancer.

What are the health benefits of a flexitarian diet?

Taking up a flexitarian diet is a great way of keeping your meat intake at a sensible level. Meat can act as part of a healthy balanced diet, but at the same time, you should only be eating 70g of red and processed meat every day.

Being a flexitarian promotes eating a lower amount of meat, but notching up more veg in your diet. But what positives are there to that? Plenty! Full to the brim with nutrition and flavour, you should view it as a real treat that you get to eat more veg. Don’t believe us? Check out our article on its health benefits.

What is an example of a standard flexitarian plant-based day?

To help you out with how you can make your diet flexitarian, we’ve put together a sample plant-based menu for a day:

  • Breakfast: Porridge, berries and seeds, or wholegrain toast with peanut butter and a side of fruit, or even a simple bowl of fortified wholegrain cereal with milk and sprinkled dried fruits
  • Lunch: Homemade vegetable and lentil soup, full of peas, spinach, carrots, potato, and lentils, with a side of wholegrain bread, or a delicious wrap filled with hummus, falafel and lots of salad vegetables
  • Dinner: A dinner of hearty bean and root vegetable cassoulet with nutty brown rice, or a deliciously light tofu and nut stir fry bursting with colourful vegetables on a bed of noodles

Of course, there are plenty of other options for a perfect plant-based day of food though! How about some veggie bangers and mash or a plant-based toad in the hole?

So, now you know what a flexitarian diet is, why not turn over a new leaf in life, and give it a go. Discover our range of frozen vegetables and plant-based products and start today.