I received so many emails after last week’s article about vegetarian eating for fat loss, that I decided to send out something slightly different this week. Although not many of you are vegetarians, it seems you are looking for meatless days and meatless ideas.
So here is a meal plan for a day that would also be a typical day for vegetarian fat loss.
It works out to be about 2000 calories, which may be too many for some of you and too little for others. Again, it’s a sample.
See what you think.
1. Breakfast: Breakfast bowl of blueberries, pecans, a banana, a tablespoon of almond butter, coconut flakes. Green Tea.
2. Lunch: Chick pea burgers and side of mixed vegetables. Chick pea burger recipe:
1 cup finely ground oats
1 cup walnuts
1 cup brown rice cooked
1 can rinsed and drained chick peas
3 scallions chopped
1 red pepper finely chopped
hot pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
2 tbsp water
Add oats and walnuts into blender and blend until chopped. Remove from blender and put into bowl. Next add chick peas to blender and blend until smooth. Remove and add to bowl with oats and walnuts. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Spray baking sheet with Pam spray. Spoon out mixture with tablespoon and flatten to form patties. Cook at 375 degrees for 25 min.
Another meal option for lunch: Large garden salad with extra virgin olive oil, a bowl of split pea soup, an apple and some raw cashews.
Workout: Don’t forget to exercise!
Vegetarian post workout bar such as a Cliff “Builders” Bar, which tastes great, is convenient and supplies 20 grams of quality protein. You can also make your post workout a smoothie or chocolate milk!
3. Dinner: Dinner of lentils and barley stew and spinach salad.
4. Snack: Raw nuts and apple or pear
Since I’m not a vegetarian I would add in eggs, and I also tend to have meat/fish for dinner.
But overall, I hope this will give you some great ideas on how you can lose fat with a vegetarian diet.