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I haven’t eaten meat in almost 15 years. I don’t like telling people this, because a natural follow-up is something along the lines of: “Why?”

A fair question, but I haven’t quite nailed my response. It has something to do with the fact that when I was in ninth grade, the girls I sat with at lunch all decided to go vegetarian, and I didn’t want to be banned from the table for gnawing on animal flesh in their presence. Unrelated to this, my best friend’s mom had recently lent me her copy of a book titled “Skinny Bitch,” a tough-love diet manifesto that preached the benefits, mostly aesthetic, of eschewing all animal products. (This was something that could happen to a 14-year-old girl in 2007.) The new year was approaching, and I felt I had no other choice. I decided to give up meat—just for 2008—and tearfully took a bite of my last-ever chicken tender just before the stroke of midnight. For some reason, it stuck.

It’s a weird answer to give someone who was just looking to make small talk. But there is a reason why I’ve kept with it. That’s because there are a lot of good reasons to become a vegetarian—or at least incorporate more veggie meals into your diet—that go beyond the ones espoused in a mid-aughts diet book, such as lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of chronic illness. It’s also easier than ever to be veggie-curious, thanks to the wide availability of vegetarian-friendly meal kits. We tested a whole bunch of them and landed on Green Chef as the top pick, thanks to its variety of healthy, tasty, and simple meal options. (Purple Carrot is your best bet if you’re trying to be vegan.)

The article will also arm vegetarians with answers to questions concerned bystanders like to ask: Is it actually a healthy diet? (Very much so, as long as the scope extends beyond cheese pizza and Beyond sausage!) But what about protein? (Usually not an issue!) And… B12? (Eat some eggs and nori! Or ask your doctor about a supplement.)

For me, it helps me with that one question I always dread. Now, when someone asks me why I’m a vegetarian, I have an answer: Green Chef just makes it soooo easy.

Take care,

Sara, editor at The Nessie

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