Veggie dining is on the rise
A recent study conducted by the Food Marketing Institute, Washington DC, on consumer eating trends showed that that more and more American consumers are adding meatless meals to their weekly dining plans. With the proliferation of fresh produce year-round and a ready abundance of grains and legumes, vegetarian dining is definitely here to stay.

The American Heart Association offers the following reminders and suggestions when planning vegetarian meals:
  • As in any healthful eating plan, vegetarian meals should contain a wide variety of foods. Good choices include grains such as barley, dry beans and peas, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts.
  • Proteins that come from plants can provide enough of the essential and non-essential amino acids necessary for healthful meals as long as the sources of the plant protein are varied and the overall caloric intake is high enough to meet energy needs.
  • If dairy products are included in vegetarian meals, choose low-fat or non-fat items.
  • Keep intake of sweets and fatty foods to a minimum.
For some delicious vegetarian entrées featuring pearl barley, click here.