staying full on a vegetarian diet

September 5, 2011

We have a guest post tonight while I finish out my relaxing Labor Day by doing nothing but watching Secret Life of an American Teenager this evening. Jess is a vegetarian, who wants to share a way to go vegetarian without feeling hungry all the time! Jess is not a health professional, but is sharing what she has learned works best for her body. The key is balance, folks! I hope you enjoy!

Hi Clean Eating Chelsey Fans! My name is Jess and I blog over at Jess Go Bananas!

I am a healthy living blogger who blogs about delicious eats and fabulous fitness!  Also, there is some fashion thrown in every now and then, but mainly I am a total foodie! 

Today I am here to talk about how to go veg the right way.  I know that when some people go veg all they think is that they can have access to eat is to tons of cheese, ice cream, and eggs.  I am here to tell you that that is not, nor never will be the case!

Becoming part of the vegetarian community opens the taste-buds to amazing new foods and cleanses the body of all lingering toxins, leaving you with a heck of a lot more energy and a bowl full much more full of happiness than before!

*Vegetarianism is not a cure-all for depression, it may give you a better outlook, however.*

Let’s start out with balancing out plates here ladies and gents!

1.Pick your starch! Let’s make it a whole grain or grain product!

jess1 Vegan Overnight Oats

jess2 Coconutty Granola

Your choice can stem from a whole grain cereal, pilaf, noodles, bread, or tortillas.  Grains are the best way to go with brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, barley, rolled oats, and wheat berries.  Brown rice is a total superfood; rich in magnesium, has the power to regulate blood sugar levels, contain 70 antioxidants that may protect against cellular damage and preserve youthfulness and many many more wow-factors!


2.Time for some protein…

Vegetarian proteins range from A-Z! There’s tofu, hemp seeds, tempeh, nutritional yeast, seitan, any type of bean, and of course, the ever faithful hummus (holla!)

jess3 Not So Cheesy Spinach Pasta Bake made by Chelsey! =]

jess4 Black Bean Hummus

jess5 Veggie Sandwich to-go

3.Now it’s time for some Veggie Power!

Add an abundant amount of vegetables to your diet – some raw some cooked.  Play around with the flavors and textures to make your meal more exciting and fun!

jess6 Beets!

jess7Green Monster!

4 .  There is always room for dessert!

jess9 Banana Cashrob Soft-Serve

jess10 I Made A Date With A Fig Oatmeal Cookies

Vegetarian desserts are hard to pass up!  From Banana Soft-serve to Uncle Eddie’s Vegan cookies -whew I am drooling just thinking about!  I say to never restrict yourself on dessert – if you want it, have it!  Life is too short to pass it up!  Well, maybe not too short if you follow this journey ;)

5.Some helpful additions…

Oils: Coconut and EVOO are my faves!, Nuts + Seeds: Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Cashews ( a vegetarians best frand!), Pumpkin Seeds; Go Crazy!  Don’t forget to season your dish with some spices.  Spice up your life with cayenne, sea salt, shoyu, vinegar, cinnamon, ginger, ground black pepper, and who can forget those precious herbs?!?!

Bon Appetit!

Question: How do you keep vegetarian dishes filling and satisfying?

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Allison (Allison's Delicious Life) September 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I’m not vegetarian, but find myself eating vegetarian dishes when I’m in college out of convenience. For snacks, I love making protein shakes (super filling) or eating hummus with carrots, crackers, etc.


cleaneatingchelsey September 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Not to mention it’s much cheaper!!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn September 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Love this! I keep them filling with tonsss of healthy fats, and heavy on the proteins. Carbs just don’t fill me up!


lindsay September 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Great tips! You presented the information in a very informative way for veggie beginners and I like that. I still gets loads of questions about my veg diet but it helps to have key points to mention to curious peeps. The protein question is the most agonizing but there are sooo many sources of not-animals protein!! :)


Lauren September 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Hummus is key! I throw that stuff on salads, wraps, veggies, and anything. I love having big salads for lunch because they travel well and don’t have to be reheated, and I keep them filling with hummus and nuts/seeds!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Great post! My family eats vegetarian at least three times a week, and my older sister is a vegetarian. I will defs send this on to her! Thanks :)


Eleah September 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I feel way less groggy on a vegetarian diet than I did when I ate meat. I’ve never had a problem of not feeling full enough.


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I am kind of an accidental vegetarian… I don’t go out of my way, I’m just a huge fan of vegetables and things like that! I do feel full because I’m eating allll the time! It’s just fruits & veggies!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for the tips! I usually need some sort of grain to make me feel full and satisfied. I can get full on veggies, but even with the fiber, they don’t always stick with me!


Holly September 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Wonderful advice :)


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I always get fuller off of a big plate of vegetables and breads, than with meat. Has to be the high fiber!


kathleen @ the daily crumb September 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

i am definitely going to show these tips to my husband. we have been trying to eat less meat, but all i hear is “how am i supposed to get full on green stuff?!” he is definitely a meat and potatoes guy.

i find, though, that if i get in protein (beans, quinoa, eggs, dairy), etc., that helps. having revolved our meals around meat for so long, though, it’s definitely tough. thanks for the hints :)


Liz @ Something To Chew On September 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I’m not a vegetarian, but I do tend to pick (and cook) meals without meat. Very satisfying!


CArrie (Moves 'N Munchies) September 6, 2011 at 2:25 am

this is such a great gues post!! a lot of ppl think you are alwys hungry on a veg diet!


Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 6, 2011 at 3:44 am

I’m not a veggie but I do eat a lot of meat-free meals – it’s cheaper, better for the environment and helps me eat more produce.

I love beans and lentils for filling me up!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

If I’m not having a good source of protein in the meal, I amp up the carbs to make it more filling. A big bowl of pasta is always super satisfying!


Sophie @ threetimesf September 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I could totally be a veggie and live off hummus all the time! Mmmmmmm *dream*


Molly @ RDexposed September 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm



Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Lots and lots of veggies and high volume foods, like fruit, really help me stay full! The more I can eat in terms of volume the more full and sated I feel. I also love protein, and healthy fats and wholegrains – you need all three to feel full, I think! :-) xyx


Diana @ VeggieNextDoor September 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

GREAT TOPIC! I wish some restaurants would read this post so they could learn to provide better offerings to us veg*ns! How many times have you gotten just a plate of steamed vegetables, or very greasy white pasta as the vegetarian offering at a restaurant? ugh! :-)


Irene January 18, 2013 at 7:06 am

Great tips… just one thing: Quinoa is actually a seed and not a grain…it is a little powerhouse that interestingly has all 9 of the essential amino acids, making it one of the best protein packed little guys for vegetarians and vegans alike. Very tasty and versatile! I love quinoa & eat it as often as I can… Thanks for your ideas!


Irene January 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

ps read the history on quinoa and how close we came to never being introduced to it. The human race has a lot of very dark sides….


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