The Well-Intentioned Eater

How to eat healthy. An introduction on how to become vegetarian or vegan. Quick and easy meals without meat. A Global Animal exclusive.

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Cucumbers, The Unsung Hero

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN RECIPE) I came across a Facebook posting from my friend Crys for a cucumber “tips & tricks” list from Conscious Life News. I've always loved how cucumbers are light and crispy, but I never realized how nutritious they are. Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, AND Zinc…phew! I guess my mozzarella, dijon, and cucumber pita melt sandwich was healthier than I thought. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Vegging Out

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPE) I had a very traumatic morning last week. I went to make my breakfast smoothie, mixing my usual veggie/fruit concoction in my Nutribullet. I added the water, turned it on with a quick twist and the unthinkable happened—it didn’t mix. It turns out after so much use, I needed a new blade. It was easy enough to order one, but in the meantime I realized just how much I counted on my smoothie for my daily vegetable and fruit intake. Until the replacement blade comes in, I needed to figure out another simple way to include all of those healthy nutrients in my diet. The perfect solution? Roasted vegetables. Check out my delicious recipe. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Vegetarians Deserve A Break, Too!

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN) Vegetarians and vegans looking to get a break today probably won’t—at least not at McDonald's. I took my friend’s three-year-old daughter Jane there over the weekend and found McDonald's offered no appealing meat-free options. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Tasty Ravioli With Pea Purée

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN RECIPE) I’m a HUGE fan of pasta but not so much tomato sauce, so I usually end up having mine with garlic and oil. But don't get me wrong, sometimes it's nice to change things up. That’s why I was so excited to try this pea purée I found on the Vegetarian Times website. It’s simple, tasty, creamy like an Alfredo sauce—except healthy and low-cal (definitely my kind of sauce). Of course, I tweaked the recipe a bit. Take a look! — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Sumptuous Succotash

One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating… (Click here for why I started) (MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPE) Here’s a recipe I came across a while...

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Keep It Clean With Avocados

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their 2014 "Dirty Dozen" report, and once again my go-to staple for my morning smoothie tops the list of foods most contaminated with pesticide residue—apples. Also making the list: kale and spinach, two more of my favorites. I'm still not wavering in my commitment to eat more vegetables, but I'm being much smarter about it. I buy organic for produce with higher levels of pesticide and try to eat more from EWG's "Clean Fifteen" list. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Mushrooms, The Other White Meat

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) When I’m craving something decadent and hearty, vegetarian doesn’t usually come to mind—until I discovered portabella mushrooms, that is. They’re nourishing and flavorful, and when you stuff them with cheese and other vegetables, they’re completely satisfying. It’s like having a burger with the works, only much healthier and better for your waistline. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Smoothies, Something To Smile About

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) I love my morning smoothie. Since discovering the Nutribullet, I drink one almost everyday and truly believe I’m much healthier because of it. I eat more vegetables and fruits than I ever have before, include power-nutrient boosts like flax and hemp seeds in my diet daily, and no longer crave junky bagels and muffins with my morning coffee. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Put A Faux Wing On It

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN) Have you seen the latest KFC promotion on YouTube? The fast food chain is serving up chicken corsages for the prom. Instead of the traditional flowers, the popular YouTube video shows an amorous teen giving his date a fried chicken and baby’s breath wrist corsage that also happens to sub as a late night snack. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: I Heart Lentils

(MEATLESS/VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPE) My first encounter with lentils was back in the fifth grade when I won a contest guessing how many were in a jar. My prize? Lunch with my teacher Ms. Scribner, but I never did get to try the lentils. My loss. Because then it wouldn't have taken me so long to discover just how delicious, nutritious, and good they are for my heart. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: High On Hemp Seeds

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) Hemp seeds are an amazing superfood! That's been the buzz for quite some time now, but with all the flaxseeds, protein powders, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds I’ve been eating, I never got around to adding them to anything more than my morning smoothie—until now. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Tasty Buffalo “Wings”

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN) I was looking for something quick and easy to snack on, something that would satisfy my junk food craving without all of the fat and calories. MorningStar Farms Chik’n Nuggets were recommended to me a while back, so I figured I’d give them a try. The only problem was the grocery store was all out. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Mixing It Up With Nature’s Pain Relievers

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN RECIPE) Since starting my quest for a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle, I’ve been drinking lots of smoothies—practically one every morning since I began. I’m eating more fruits and vegetables than I ever have, I feel healthier, and it makes a delicious breakfast. The thing is, I’ve been pretty much having the same thing everyday. I may switch it up a little depending on what I have on hand, but it’s basically some variation of my spinach, kale, blueberry & apple concoction. This week I decided to shake things up a bit. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: St. Patrick Goes Vegan, I’ll Drink To That!

(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN) St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Time to dust off your best green garb, practice your blarney, and stock up on plenty of beer. Although that might be easier said than done if you're trying to be vegan or vegetarian. I was joking the other day when I said that I don't need to worry about whether my alcohol is animal friendly or not—but as it turns out, I do. Many beers (and wines for that matter) are made with animal ingredients. Not only in the making of the product, like adding honey and dairy for flavor, but also when filtering the drinks prior to bottling. — Global Animal