Surely, you’ve heard about Meatless Monday by now! In case you haven’t—Meatless Monday is a terrific campaign that aims to get people starting out each new week with one meat-free day. We mention it a lot in The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian because it’s a stress-free, low-commitment way to move toward a more plant-based diet (and a totally non-threatening way for your parents and others to see that meat-free meals are really no big deal, not to mention pretty delicious).
Have you had a snack lately? If you have, you're not alone. On any given day, eighty-six percent of teenagers have had at least one snack, according to research from the United States Department of Agriculture. And while many people assume that snacking is a bad thing, I don't agree with that—smart snacks can be key to eating a healthy diet, particularly for vegetarians.
Have you heard about chia? These little seeds—the same ones used to grow the grass-like "hair" in those infamous Chia Pets—are all the rage in the food world. Not only are they fun to cook with, but they're also a good source of the plant-based form of omega-3 fatty acids, the nutrient found in fish that is good for your heart, brain, skin and more.