What should an almost vegtarian eat every day to stay healthy?

So what should we be eating to be healthy? How many fruits? How many vegetables? How much bread and nuts and oils and dairy and . . .

It's complicated, isn't it?

Well, no worries, because I found a great site that tells you exactly what vegetarian's need to eat to stay nice and healthy.

I've been to the Somerset Medical Center site before (they have a really extensive library well worth browsing), but on this visit, I tripped across a chart that listed exactly what we should be eating to stay healthy. Now, keep in mind, that this is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. And all amounts are per day. And, of course, variety in food choices is the name of the game.
  • Grains: 6 ounces (to put this in perspective, 1 ounce = 1 slice of bread or ½ cup cooked pasta or rice or 3 cups of popcorn)
  • Vegetables: 2½ cups (1 cup = 1 cup raw or cooked vegetables or 2 cups raw leafy vegetables)
  • Fruits: 2 cups (1 cup = 1 cup fresh fruit or 1 cup fruit juice or ½ cup dried fruit)
  • Dairy: 3 cups (1 cup = 1 cup milk or yogurt or soy milk or 1½ ounces natural cheese)
  • Legumes, nuts, eggs, and other protein-rich foods: 5½ ounces (1 ounce = ¼ cup cooked dry beans, ½ cup tofu, 1 egg, ½ ounce nuts)
  • Oils: 6 teaspoons of healthy oils, such as olive oil
  • Fats and sweets: less than 265 calories

There now. Doesn't that take all the panic and guess work out of it for you? If sure did for me!

Oh! And hey! Have I got a super treat coming up for you!
I have managed to persuade the incredibly talented blogger from one of the biggest (if not the biggest) animal rights organizations to give us an exclusive TWO-PART blog. In the
first part, well, in this part she, oh I can't wait to tell you because it is just great. And in the second part, she gives us her very own recipe for, oh, you'll just love it.

So see you next week (and have a really silly
weekend full of joy and nothing useful at all).