Becoming a Fat Free Vegan or Vegetarian
Article by Rebecca Bennett
Becoming fat free on any diet is often a difficult challenge, and the fat free vegan is no different from the rest. If anything, this may be easier than some diets as the fat free vegan diet naturally has less fat (no animal fat to pile onto the diet). The recipes in this article should help you toward fat free vegan living, or reducing the amounts of fat in your diet.
Bear in mind that the (literally) fat free vegan diet is virtually impossible to live by, as is any sort of fat free diet, as all foods contain some amount of fat, even if it is minimal. An entirely fat free diet is not optimal anyway, as the body needs some fats in small amounts for good health.
What ever way you venture along with your your vegan or vegetarian diet, here are a few fat free recipes for cooking that you may be interested in adding to your diet.
** Fat free vegan recipe #1: Cucumber and fruit salad
This salad makes a great accompaniment to meals, a nice snack, and even a creative dessert. Fruits can be varied according to taste.
1 seedless cucumber
? medium mango
1 cup cubed seedless watermelon pieces
1 tablespoon lime juice
Chop cucumber and mango into small cubes. Combine cucumber, mango and watermelon in a bowl. Drizzle lime juice over ingredients.
** Fat free vegan recipe #2: Grilled breakfast
Many vegans have difficulty in preparing an enjoyable hot breakfast; this recipe should bring the delicious taste of a healthy breakfast back into your life. This recipe also includes a great source of iron as spinach is one of the key ingredients in the recipe, along with tomatoes containing vitamin C to help the body absorb the iron.
8 small mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes
1 cup baby spinach leaves
½ medium zucchini
Chop the mushrooms and tomatoes in halves. Cut zucchini into slices approximately 1cm thick. Spread all ingredients over baking tray lined with aluminium foil. Sprinkle water over mushrooms, spinach leaves and zucchini. Grill for 10 minutes on moderate (approximately 180° Celsius) heat. Can be mixed to make a vegetable mix or left as separate servings.
** Fat free vegan recipe #3: Fruitshake ice-blocks
These ice-blocks make a great treat for those hot summer days, and are very healthy! Use whatever fruit you like, but bear in mind, sweeter fruits usually work better in this recipe.
Fat free soymilk
Fruit of choice (mango works very well for this recipe, as does banana)
Blend fruit of choice and soymilk in a blender until a smooth consistency is achieved. If there are pieces of unblended fruit in the milk, there will be pieces of frozen fruit in your ice-blocks. Pour mixture into ice-block moulds. Freeze and consume when completely frozen.
This recipe can also be modified to make fruit smoothies. All you have to do is pour the blended fruit and milk into a cup, and enjoy! No need to freeze, though you can refrigerate it for a while if you like.
** Fat free vegan recipe #4: Asian vegetables
This Asian vegetables recipe works nicely as a stir fry, can be used as a main, or as a side in small servings. Feel free to experiment yourself, especially with the green leafy vegetables (eg. you may want to try pak choy in your recipe).
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 cup buk choy
1 cup broccoli
½ cup mushrooms
½ cup bean sprouts
Chop mushrooms into halves. Boil buk choy and broccoli until soft. Boil all ingredients for approximately five minutes on medium heat (at least until baby spinach leaves have tendered; this doesn?t take long). Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Can be flavoured with sauce of choice, though the flavour from the mushrooms is usually strong enough to make a nice flavouring.
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About the Author
Rebecca has worked in the vegetarian and vegan industry in Australia for years. She is the founder of http://VeganSecrets.com and http://Vegetarian-Secrets.com portals with many interesting vegan and vegetarian books, articles, veg living tips and tricks plus also of her blog at: http://VeganSecrets.com/blog which has online information on everything vegan, vegetarian and cruelty-free. Find out more about ethical and animal-free diets today by visitng her sites.
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