Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Are you simply trying to introduce more plant-based meals into your diet? People abstain from eating meat for a variety of reasons: health, religious convictions, concerns for animal welfare, or environmental concerns. Being a vegan or vegetarian has become appealing and more accessible. According to a Harris Research Poll and approximately 6 million adults in the U.S. do not eat any meat. Furthermore, several million more have eliminated beef or pork but still may eat fish or chicken. And about 2 million people are vegans, consuming no animal-based products including milk, cheese, gelatin, even honey. Curious about this lifestyle? We have some helpful information as well as some Naval Bagels vegetarian and vegan menu options.

Vegan or Vegetarian…What’s The Difference?

There is a bit of a difference between the different meat-free diets. Here is the basic breakdown:

  • Vegans are the most exclusive of these dietary lifestyles. Vegans do not eat any meat, including poultry, fish, beef, or seafood. They also will not consume any products derived from animals such as eggs, dairy products, gelatin, even honey.
  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians will not eat beef, poultry or fish but do eat eggs and dairy products.
  • Lacto Vegetarians do not consume meat or eggs but do eat dairy products.
  • Ovo Vegetarians will eat eggs, but do not eat any meat or dairy products.
  • Flexitarians are partial vegetarians and may eat fish (pescatarians) or poultry (pollo-vegetarians).

Health Benefits of Plant-Based Diet

The American Dietetic Association reports that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate. They provide prevention and treatment of some chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Just as in any type of lifestyle, for it to be healthy, it is essential to make the right choices at meal and snack times. Some of the benefits you may experience include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Lower Blood Sugar Levels
  • Protection Against Certain Cancers
  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease
  • Reduced Arthritis Symptoms

Order Up!

Only you can decide whether a vegetarian or vegan diet is right for you. If you already live this lifestyle, or are considering adding more plant-based foods into your diet, here are some of our delicious menu items you can try!

  • So Cal
  • Garden of Eatin’
  • The Booster
  • Power Bagel
  • Veggie Delight
  • Popeye

Wanna keep it simple and meat-free? Try your favorite bagel with a slather of cream cheese or nut butter. And special orders do not bother us! We can omit cheese from any of our recipes and substitute nut butter or hummus. Check out our Bagel Menu for all the delicious vegetarian and vegan options.

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