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August 10, 2020 (Updated September 6, 2021)

How to eat less meat without going totally vegan

This decade has already seen a significant change to eating habits across the globe. Whether it’s for the good of the environment, the animals, or for our own health, many of us are doing things a little differently in 2020.

We’re eating our way through meat substitutes, dabbling in veganism, becoming pescetarian, and that’s just for starters. Which is why we had to let you in on the latest food trend that’s got our attention—Flexitarianism. Flexitarianism, also known as semi-veganism, is the latest diet trend making waves online and changing up restaurant menus. 

Flexitarianism, also known as semi-veganism, is the latest diet trend making waves online and changing up restaurant menus. 

Flexitarians choose to combine eating plant-based proteins, alongside the occasional consumption of meat. As you could probably guess, the term ‘flexitarianism’ is derived from the term flexible vegetarian, which means you can change up the vegetarian or vegan part depending on how you’re feeling that day.

In a flexitarian diet, the focus is on the inclusion of plant-based products rather than the exclusion of meat products— just think of it as a hall pass for your carnivorous cravings. 

The goal of a flexitarian diet is to expand your repertoire to include a range of plant-based alternatives, which in turn will see you consuming less meat. Needless to say, including new and unfamiliar foods in your diet allows you to expand and enrich your palette, and as a result, you’ll end up discovering new foods to satisfy your next craving. 

It’ll come as no surprise that there are also a plethora of health benefits that come from adopting a more plant-based diet. For starters, plant-based products like fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts, are all extremely rich in proteins, which means that including them in your diet also helps to strengthen your muscles, catalyse weight loss, reduce cholesterol problems & get those calories back in check. 

Not only does the inclusion of plant-based proteins positively contribute to your own health, there are also significant environmental benefits to consider as well.

Not only does the inclusion of plant-based proteins positively contribute to your own health, there are also significant environmental benefits to consider as well. Plant-based products use less energy, and have been found to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, which means that for each of us looking to do our bit, flexitarianism offers us some real ways that we can contribute each day. A flexitarian diet can also be easier on your wallet, going plant-based is often the more budget friendly choice, especially on the day before pay day (you know the one).

The Netherlands is home to a whole range of restaurants that make adopting a flexitarian lifestyle easy, like Vegan Junk Food Bar in Amsterdam and SLA in Den Haag who all deliver.

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