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: Pumping Iron

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) “Get some meat in you!” A good friend of mine said that to me the other day because I’m always cold. She thinks I need more iron in my diet, and a good source of iron is meat—something, as you know, I haven’t been eating a lot of lately. Now, I don’t know if I actually have some sort of iron-deficiency, or maybe I just need to wear more sweaters, but it did get me thinking. Does a plant-based diet provide us with enough iron? — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Mixing It Up With NutriBullet

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN) It's been almost two months now since starting my journey to becoming a healthier and more compassionate eater. I’ve had some missteps along the way (the wine & faux cheese debacle comes to mind), but for the most part I think I’m off to a pretty good start. I’m definitely eating more fruits and vegetables, and my NutriBullet deserves a lot of the credit. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Having It Your Way

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN) In my quest to eat healthier and more compassionately I did something that might surprise you. I went to Burger King. I know many of the fast-food chains are now trying to appeal to vegetarians and vegans by offering meat-free options on their menus, but I never actually thought I’d take them up on it. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Vegetarian Voyage To P.F. Chang’s

(VEGETARIAN/GREEN LIVING) Going out to dinner isn’t always easy if you’re a vegetarian and sometimes impossible for vegans. I’ve been traveling lately and as a result I've been eating out a lot more. Like most of us, I have my favorite restaurants with my go-to dishes. The thing is most of those go-to dishes include meat, especially at P.F. Chang’s—from Mongolian beef, P.F. Chang’s fried rice combo and crispy honey shrimp, to sesame chicken and pork dumplings. So this was the perfect place for me to shake things up a bit and go vegetarian. Read on to learn more about my vegetarian excursion to P.F. Chang's. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Say Cheese!

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) Admit it, some days you get home and have no desire to cook. There’s no one around to make dinner for, so you grab a bottle of wine, open up some cheese and enjoy every decadent minute of it. I’ve said it before—I love my cheese! And throw in a glass (or two) of wine and I’m set. Not only is it delicious, but no pans to clean up! So this is probably one of my biggest challenges—finding a non-dairy cheese tasty enough to eat alone. I had good luck with the Go Veggie! Mozzarella Flavor Shreds for my pizza, so I was trying to stay optimistic. Read on to learn more about my vegan cheese taste test. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Where’s The Beef?

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) Cookout food has always been my favorite. I love potato salad, corn-on-the-cob and especially cheeseburgers, medium rare with lettuce, tomato, and lots of ketchup! I’ve never really gone for the veggie burger, although there was a restaurant in West Hollywood that made really flavorful ones. They were so delicious and they even served them with onion rings. I’d say that was definitely on par with my cookout cheeseburgers! Needless to say, the idea of eating a frozen burger, nevermind a frozen veggie burger, wasn’t really at the top of my to-do list, but in my quest to eat healthier and more compassionately I decided to give it a try. So I asked around, and the overwhelming recommendation was MorningStar Farms. Read on to learn more about my MoringStar taco taste test and try out the recipe for yourself! — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Pizza! Pizza!

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) I did something I thought I’d never do: I bought dairy-free cheese. I love my cheese and I'm really picky about what kind I eat, so needless to say I was a little skeptical at how it was going to taste. Even though there are plenty of health warnings about eating too much cheese—lots of saturated fat and cholesterol that could clog my arteries and lead to heart disease—I love my cheese so much its always been worth the risk. What I hadn’t realized is the cruelties cows are forced to endure living on U.S. dairy farms. For these reasons I went looking for some cheese alternatives, and what better place to begin with than pizza?! Read on to learn more about my half-dairy-free pizza taste test and try the recipe for yourself! — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: My Farmers Market Adventure

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) This week I ventured into the world of farmers markets. It's not that I've never been to one before, but it was usually someone else's idea and I probably didn't leave with much. This time I had a mission: to buy all of the vegetables and fruits I'd need for the week. I know you can get other items, but I was starting slowly. — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Eat Your Vegetables!

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) Eat your vegetables! This is something I heard a lot as a kid, just as I'm sure you did. Who can blame us? Kids just don't like vegetables. However as we grow-up our taste buds are supposed to mature so that we now enjoy and even crave them. I think my taste buds never quite made it through puberty. As I mentioned before, it's not that I hate vegetables, I just never really want them. At the same point, I know now is the time to start taking better care of myself. Let's face it, I'm not getting any younger! Read on for some great ideas on how to incorporate more veggies in your diet! — Global Animal

The Well-Intentioned Eater: My Foray Into The Faux Chicken World

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) This week I’ve been eating a lot of faux chicken, or more accurately my dog, Monty, has—so far I’m not really a fan, but I must admit chicken alternatives are much better than they used to be. Lets face it, we eat a lot of meat. In fact, the amount has doubled worldwide in the last 20 years and is expected to double again by 2030; meaning we'll need even millions of tonnes more meat. This kind of demand is just not sustainable and will have a detrimental impact on the environment. Now I'm not saying we all have to give up meat, but I do think we need to be more conscientious and consider other plant-based options. Read on for more on my foray into the faux chicken world. — Global Animal

Wednesday’s Well-Intentioned Eater

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) One inquisitive omnivore's journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating... I have to start off by saying I’m a meat eater. To be honest, I never thought much about it. I grew up with an Irish mom who was a meat and potatoes kind of cook. We had a very predictable menu—usually beef and rice, spaghetti, pork chops, or some sort of roast. The other nights were probably burgers, pizza, or maybe even Kentucky Fried Chicken. As a result, I’m a meat and potato, not spicy kind of eater (though I am getting better.) Read on to learn more about Well-Intentioned Wednesdays and if you have suggestions for recipes or meat substitute products, become a part of my journey and send them in! — Global Animal

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