Great conversation opener: ‘I’m a weekday vegetarian flexitarian’. ‘A what?’ Try that, see what response you’ll get. And even better, actually become a weekday vegetarian flexitarian.
I think the concept of a weekday vegetarian is easy enough to understand, you’re a vegetarian Monday to Friday, and a carnivore on weekends.
‘Flexitarian’ can be more confusing, cause what does it actually mean? It can mean being vegetarian one, two, three, four, five, or six days a week (seven days a week would be more like a vegetarian, right?).
Benefits of being a flexitarian
I strongly believe that becoming a flexitarian in a 5-2 setting (5 days veg, 2 days meat) is the way to go for pretty much everyone on this planet. If you care about the planet, environment, (no? nothing? ) – god, if you care about your kids, family, or friends – you should become a flexitarian. It may sound like a crazy statement, but it really isn’t. Not once you get the advantages:
For your health – flexitarians enjoy fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytochemicals good for health.
For your environment – flexitarian can substantially reduce the amount of meat eaten, which means less meat being produced, which means less natural resources used. I’ve already written about this, but cows are masters at methane production, which lead to problems like global warming.
For your kids, family, friends, or work colleagues (select the ones that apply) – as a flexitarian you get to create a sustainable future for all of them, as you drive nutrition in a direction of sustainable food development systems, which is a big shift in our thinking (and it’s supposed to be one of the biggest trends in 2017, according to Google at least).
It’s reasonably easy to maintain the 5-2 flexitarian routine. Whenever you feel like eating meat on a weekday, top up that veg and think about all the good things you do for people around you (they can thank you later). I wrote down some initial tips and tricks in the Becoming weekday vegetarian article, so check them out too before you start your flexitarian journey.
‘This day is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s’
Let’s see how Kelly Kapoor explains that:
The purpose of these articles is to raise awareness about the benefits of being a flexitarian (or a weekday vegetarian, which I think sounds better really), which I kind of hope I’ve already achieved in the paragraphs above.
The other goal of this series is to share the journey and give you some practical tips on how to make your life easy as a flexitarian.
So, here’s the tip for today:
Consider eating fruits for breakfast. Either as a mix of different fruits e.g. bananas, plums, oranges etc. or as a single fruit type breakfast.
My personal favourite: Bananas. They pack a good number of calories, 89 calories per 100 gram, so your average banana gives you 105 calories. I tend to have three bananas every morning, so around 315 calories per breakfast. It’s also cheap compared to some other fruit options (and many other breakfast options too). On average, it’s £0.20/banana, so about £0.60 per breakfast. Let’s scale it up. If you’re a weekday vegetarian, that means:
- 3 bananas x 5 days = 15 bananas/week = £3/week = £156/year (based on 52 weeks in a year)
That’s all. £156 covers all your weekday breakfasts for the entire year. Not too bad, right? Of course, astronauts face menu fatigue in space, so you might experience something similar eating bananas every day, but even if you expand to other fruit options every now and then the overall cost shouldn’t be too bad.
Your wallet will thank you, your stomach will thank you too. 315 calories is a good number, but it’s still a light breakfast. Moreover, your flexitarian banana breakfast is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Bananas contain mostly carbohydrates, so can give you a nice kick of energy in the morning instead of a coffee. They are in the middle of the glycemic index scale, so you wouldn’t expect any major spikes in your blood sugar levels.
Keep an eye on your consumption if you’re diabetic though, better safe than sorry!
Flexitarian bananas (now I’m just freestyling terms here) are also quite filling, because of their volume and fiber content, which means they don’t get digested too quickly. So overall, not a bad breakfast I’d say!
Give it a go and share your tips and tricks in the Comments section below!