Want to go flexitarian? Do it gradually

Start by replacing familiar food with plant-based options, says nutrition expert

The Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel launched Beyond Sausage - a vegan sausage made of peas, fava beans, rice, beet and coconut oil - on Jan 17, 2019.
The Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel launched Beyond Sausage - a vegan sausage made of peas, fava beans, rice, beet and coconut oil - on Jan 17, 2019.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ GRAND HYATT SINGAPORE

For those looking to adopt a healthier, more environmentally-friendly "flexitarian" diet, human nutrition specialist Tay Mia Eng suggests making a slow shift, starting with replacing some familiar foods with healthier plant-based options that are rich in protein.

Beef lasagna can be changed to tofu-based lasagna. Have bean soup instead of pork soup. Replace ham and cheese in a sandwich with avocado and peanut butter.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'Want to go flexitarian? Do it gradually'. Print Edition | Subscribe