Tips for Lent Fasting

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For Lent this year, I’ll be giving up meat. It’s day three and I already feel like I’m being majorly challenged. I’m a picky eater as it is, so cutting out all my chicken and beef isn’t giving me as many options for dinner. The first year that I fasted from meat, I was eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches almost every day. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to survive the Lenten season without feeling too starved of protein.

Seafood is your best friend! It’s really true! Personally, I love shrimp so I try to include it in as many pasta dishes as I can. Try this tasty Rolled Shrimp Alfredo Lasagna. Shrimp with a little cocktail sauce also makes a great snack food. Salmon is another surefire way to get a healthy and tasty dose of protein during Lent. Try Salmon Noodle Bake.

Veggies are there to save the day too! Maybe you want a salad (try this Asian Pilaf Salad). Or maybe you want to create a dish based around your favorite veggie, mine is spinach, there are many ways to incorporate vegetables for a healthy dinner. Try Artichokes and Herbs or Spinach and Chickpeas.

Say ah for pizza! It may not always be the healthiest idea for dinner, but pizza is my favorite food, and I make sure to have some at least once every two weeks during Lent. Remember there’s always a way to make something healthy, so try this Whole Wheat Pizza.

Pasta! There are so many different kinds of pastas; I promise, you won’t get bored of it during Lent. I really like Stuffed Manicotti. But for a healthier approach, try Low Fat Fettuccine Alfredo.

    If all else fails, you can still eat Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll-Ups. These are just a few tips for Lent. You can try these 12 Meatless Recipes for Lent or these Six Delicious Dinners for Lent for other great food ideas.

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    • Lynette

      Traditionally, Orthodox Christians fast from meat and dairy every lent. There are lots of recipe options available in Greek, Lebanese,etc cookbooks. I recently stared cooking with quinoa, a seed/grain that cooks up in the same time as rice and, I’ve read, contains all of the amino acids that we need to create protein in our bodies. It can be used to stuff vegetables, to create pilaf-like dishes with all sorts of vegetables – no lentils or other beans required to obtain protein. Good luck.

    • Peteformation

      Fasting good to cleanse the body! Happy Fasting!

    • Ambulance Atlanta

      Nice article and good information about foods

    • web design

      I like eating pork and chicken.I admire people who do not eat meat.Because it is difficult for me.

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