February 2nd: Invent a Sandwich

So I’m at work a lot and end up eating at work far too often. Our menu is pretty large… pizza, sandwiches, salads, and some appetizers. But since I have been eating vegetarian is has become increasingly harder to eat a good variety of things. So I thought today was a good day to cross this one off my list: Invent a New Sandwich. Of course, I’m not saying I am the first person ever to eat a sandwich like this… I’m sure it is out there somewhere, but it is different and feels like a small little invention. So for lunch today I had:

Avocado

Artichokes

Sundried Tomatoes

Fresh Tomatoes

Mushrooms

Red Onions

Pesto Sauce

And 

Fresh Whole Milk Mozzerella

Mmmm- toasted on a fresh made whole wheat baguette. It was yummy!

January 7th: Try a New Place for Lunch

There didn’t seem a better time than during my week of trying out vegetarianism to try a new spot for lunch. 

So I went to trusty Google and searched for “Vegetarian Restaurants”. There are plenty of options in Denver. Although it’s a chain, albeit one I had never heard of, Native Foods Cafe, really caught my attention. They have a huge selection of items that just don’t sound vegetarian at all… something that catches my eye as a meat eater attempting to make this week happen.

So I ventured out and ordered a Soul Bowl  and some surprisingly delicious Iced Green Tea.

I truly meant to take pictures but when the food came I couldn’t contain myself. The variety of fresh veggies, rice, beans, and their “Native Chicken” pulled me in. It was a delicious lunch and a spot I would try again, even outside of this week of no meat.

As a plus, the staff was super friendly and the vibe was very relaxed. It made my little day adventure of finding a new lunch spot even more special.

January 6th: Eat Vegetarian for a Week

Eating vegetarian for a week is my first big challenge for the year. One week does not seem like very long but for those that know me, I am very much a meat eater.

But I have heard and can imagine the health benefits of going vegetarian or cutting out meat on a regular basis.

I am going to start with a week and go from there.

To be specific I am trying Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, meaning I can still eat eggs and dairy products but no meat, including fish.

Here’s a couple articles I found to help me along the way, as well as anyone else out there that might want to try it out.

Vegetarian Diet – Mayo Clinic

8 Foods Every Vegetarian Should Eat

5 Risky Mistakes Vegetarians Make

Vegetarian Food Pryamid