It’s the Final Countdown of the top nutrients that may be lacking in a vegetarian & vegan diet.
Thus far, we have discussed:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B12
With only 2 more items on the list and one more day in the week, we are right on schedule!
- Vitamin D- Vitamin D is a little known powerhouse of a vitamin. It reduces the risk of developing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, and is essential for bone health! It is often added to cow and goat milk and some brands of rice and soy milk. The best natural source of Vitamin D is the sun. However, most people do not get enough daily exposure to the sun’s rays to accrue the recommended 5,000 IUs a day. A Vitamin D supplement is the easiest way to ensure you are getting the daily recommended amount. Check out this post for more information on Vitamin D!
- Zinc- An important component of many enzymes, zinc is not easily absorbed from plant sources. The best vegan zinc sources are whole grains, legumes, and nuts. For those who consume dairy, cheese is your best source.
My favorite vegan recipe is a sweet twist on baked lentils! This dish is the perfect meal for people who think they don’t like lentils! You will be pleasantly surprised. (A little hint… It’s even better left over!)
- Agave Baked Lentils (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)
Have a great day! See you at Rollin’ Oats!