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If you have chosen to eat a vegan diet, you have made the decision to eliminate all meat and animal products from your food selections. While this kind of diet can have health benefits including lower cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease and obesity, limiting your food options also means you need to use special care to make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
There are many sources of vegan recipes available on the internet, as well as many comprehensive guides to help you plan your diet. Try these vegan recipe links to help you get started:
• The Vegan Society recipes
• Food.com recipes
• Recipes at AARP
The Vegan Society website also offers several nutrition guides to help ensure your diet is nutritionally complete. Their recommendations for meal planning include:
• Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables every day, including foods of different colors to ensure you get a good selection of nutrients.
• Eat whole grains rather than refined grains to get the best nutrients. Many nutrients are lost in the refining process.
• Look for fats containing omega 3s, such as rapeseed oil. Avoid hydrogenated oils.
• Limit salt
Although some people may worry about getting enough protein in a vegan diet, eating a combination of beans, lentils, tofu, soy, seeds, and nuts can easily fill this nutritional need as long as you eat a good variety of them each day.