A vegetarian lifestyle can be a healthier option for many reasons. Eating more fruits and vegetables means more lean protein, more fibre, higher doses of essential vitamins and folic acid, which has been believed to reduce weight and lower the risk of many diseases.
Whether you’re trying to eat more fruits and vegetables or you want to cut out meat for good, it’s important to replace the nutrients that may be lost as a result of your new meat-free lifestyle – especially protein and calcium.
When choosing new vegetarian meals and snacks, be sure to learn all of the different ways to replace the nutrients lost from meat; with the two primary nutrients being protein and calcium.
Let’s explore some of the reasons why dairy is an excellent food source to replace some of the nutrients lost from meat, along with some quick and easy ways to incorporate it into your diet.
Milk is a great source of protein for vegetarians
If you’re planning not to eat meat, then you must get your essential proteins from elsewhere. While beans, chickpeas, grains, soy and chia seeds contain protein, not all plant-based foods contain ‘complete’ proteins, meaning that your body may miss out on some of the essential nutrients it needs. Pure cow’s milk is a wonderful natural source of protein, enabling vegetarians to replace some of their daily requirements in order to stay healthy and strong. If you’re looking for the perfect post-gym workout that contains natural protein, try making our avocado, banana and chia shake!
Milk contains high levels of calcium for vegetarians
Vegetarian or not, calcium is imperative to everyone’s growth and development. Leafy greens, broccoli and bok-choy are just a few plant-based choices that will give your body the calci-fix it needs. However, eating plates of greens all day can be an impossible task. Packed with calcium in each glass, drinking pure natural milk can help you get closer to your recommended daily amount of calcium. That’s why there are some calcium milks in the market that contain 50% more calcium and 40% more protein than the full cream milk for those who need that extra kick!
It’s an easy budget friendly alternative.
Many vegetarians take calcium and protein supplements to make up for all that is lost in a meat-free diet. While a balance of different sources is needed for optimum daily nutrition, milk can certainly assist in delivering more energy, improving muscle development, and growing healthy bones and teeth. It’s also nowhere near as expensive as over the counter vitamins and supplements and it’s an easy add-on (or add-in) to dinner for the whole family.