Nowadays, vegetarianism has become a widespread gastronomic trend; it is so popular that experts say that at least 5% of the world’s population is part of this select group. It’s important to take into account that even though vegetarians identify themselves as such, there are several sub-groups. The first of these is known as vegan, and members of this group don’t eat any foods that have an animal origin. Fruits, vegetables, cereals and legumes constitute their diet. The second group is called lacto vegetarian and it includes dairy products. Finally, the third group is known as ovo-lacto vegetarian and it accepts the intake of eggs.
Vegetarian Gourmet Traveler
Even though the reasons to adopt this type of diet are varied, it has become more evident that vegetarianism attracts lovers of natural and gourmet cuisine. One of its greatest advantages is that, in general, vegetarian recipes are low in fat and rich in fiber, two necessary elements to offer our organism the healthy diet it requires. If you are concerned about your well-being, vegetarian dishes are the perfect option to try foreign recipes in your next vacation. These are some of our recommended vegetarian dishes around the world.
Vegetarian Tourism in Spain
If you are in Spain, apart from the famous Spanish tortilla, try a vegetable sandwich filled with boiled egg, lettuce, tomato, cheese and asparagus. When you travel to France, enjoy the famous ratatouille –prepared with eggplant, zucchini, tomato and peppers– and when in Morocco, don’t forget to order an abundant serving of couscous with vegetables and raisins.
If you travel to England, order a Jacket potato filled with Monterrey Jack cheese and sweet beans– and in Italy, enjoy an oven baked pizza margherita –topped with basil, tomato and cheese.
In addition, one thing you can’t miss in Mexico is the huauzontles –edible plants that are usually battered, filled with cheese and bathed with tomato sauce.
Last but not least, we invite you to find vegetarian inspiration in the annual Tetsakaan Gin Jay festival in Thailand, which is held every first week of October. The capital of Bangkok has become a trend-setter of vegetarian culinary innovations thanks to this celebration created in 1825.
A Vegetarian Lifestyle
Apart from having a balanced diet, every vegetarian needs a moderate dose of sunlight because sunrays favor nutrients absorption. Did someone say beach?
Iron is a mineral that is usually abundant in meat. However, if you follow a vegetarian diet and want to make sure you don’t miss you daily recommended intake, add green leaves (algae or spinach) to your meals at least twice a day.
- Some of the best sources of zinc include oats, sunflower seeds and peanuts.