Foods That Are Seemingly Vegetarian but Are Not

There are many reasons countless people choose to go vegetarian. Some opt to go meat-free for health reasons, others for their stand on animal welfare – there are people who are also bound to have a strictly vegetarian diet because of religion.

Regardless of your reason for going vegan, it takes a lot of discipline to unwaveringly stick to abstaining from eating meat or any animal product.

If you are just beginning to transition to being a vegetarian, you have to make sure that you are doing it the right way.

When you are a beginner in the world of vegetarianism, there could be many deceitful foods you can easily be tricked by. You might be unknowingly consuming these deceptive foods if you are not that well versed in being a true blue vegetarian.

Here is a list of some of the foods most commonly mistaken as meatless goods:

Beer or Wine – While beers and wine don’t seem to be connected to any meat by any means, sadly, there are some beer and wine brands that contain gelatine or isinglass. Isinglass is an ingredient derived from bladders of fish. Most beer brands from Britain have isinglass.

White or refined sugar – For white sugar to be processed, animal bone char are usually being used. That means you may want to stick to brown or unrefined sugar.

Worcestershire sauce – Unfortunately, the traditional Worcestershire sauce has anchovies. The good news is, you can make your own alternative of this favourite condiment at home so you can ensure that only vegan ingredients are used.

Jelly, Jell-O, marshmallow, gel cap meds, and gummy bears – All these items contain gelatine, which comes from animal collagen.

Dressing – Salad is one of the most popular food choices for many vegetarians. The bad news is that some of the usual salad dressings we use for, say, Caesar salads, contain anchovies. Other salad dressings, on the other hand, may contain bacon fat.

Orange Juice – Unless you have personally squeezed oranges to prepare your very own natural orange juice at home, you are risking consumption of fish oil. Fish oil is contained most especially for orange juice brands that claim to be good for the heart as these contain Omega 3 fatty acids.

Soups – Some soups being sold at traditional restaurants, even when they are supposed to be made solely from veggies, still contain beef or chicken broth. Also be wary of canned soup, even when they are labelled vegetable soup, for sometimes they use animal stock, as well.

Nowadays, it seems that in order for vegetarians to be absolutely sure that all the foods they eat are free from any animal product, they have to prepare it themselves. If you are extremely keen on maintaining a totally vegetarian diet, don’t forget to read the ingredients and don’t be shy to ask if the seemingly vegan food from the restaurant is truly meat free.

When the Healthy Becomes Unhealthy

‘Fruits and vegetables are good for you’ is probably one of the sentences all of us have heard before, probably during childhood years. While this remains to be mainly true, there are some fruits and vegetables that could possibly do more harm than good when we eat too much of them.

There are many people choosing to eat mainly fruits and vegetables to lose weight; while there are some that ensure to include fruits and veggies to their diet to stay healthy.

No, healthy foods are not limited exclusively to fruits and vegetables. For example, milk and eggs can be great sources of protein, just like meats.

However, as the saying goes, “You can never have too much of a good thing.” This is true in terms of eating excessive amounts of veggies and fruits as well.

When it comes to consumption of fruits and vegetables, it is important to keep in mind that no matter how healthy they are supposed to be, these foods still have calories which could turn to unwanted body fats if not burned fast enough. Therefore, if your reason for eating solely fruits and vegetables is to shed some weight, keep an eye on the amount of fruits or vegetables you eat in order to avoid weight gain.

One of the fruits with high calorie content is avocado. A slice of avocado can have as much as 235 calories. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, you may want to steer clear of this fruit – or, just be careful of the amount of avocados you eat, particularly because avocados have a high fat content. It’s not that avocados have nothing good to offer, though; this fruit has properties that could help decrease cholesterol levels.

If you’re a huge fan of dried fruits as compared to fresh fruits, you may have to rethink your choices, too. Some dried fruits receive additives or artificial flavourings upon the drying process; not to mention, some even lose their natural vitamins because of the processing they go through. Consequently, if you want the healthier choice, fresh is still best.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes also have high calories so make sure that you consume them in moderation. Remember that the way you prepare your potatoes will also affect the fat you can get from them. For an instance, if you prefer to fry your potatoes, of course the oil you use to fry it with would affect its fat content.

Another potentially healthy food that could be unhealthy if taken too much is red wine. Red wine could be a source of good cholesterol which is good for your heart. However, you should bear in mind that red wine, is still, well – wine. If taken too much, alcohol dependence and other unpleasant effects may be encountered.

I’m sure many of us (who are trying to lose weight or wanting to be healthier) are enticed more by food products with labels such as ‘low fat’ or ‘less fat’, thinking that it is the better choice. This is not the same for reduced fat peanut butter, though. The natural fats that peanuts have are actually healthy – as a result, removing this good fat would not do anything good. If you want the healthier option, choose the regular peanut butter. You can just lessen the amount you consume instead of replacing it with the reduced fat alternative.

A little research, a lot of moderation, and a ton of carefulness will go a long way in maintaining a healthy life. Doing everything in moderation – eating healthy foods included – is crucial.

Easy Ways to Lose Unwanted Fat

Whilst we provide many healthy recipes to lose weight at No Just Nuts, losing weight is difficult and can involve just more than just eating healthily. Losing unwanted weight can be a daunting task for many. Aside from hard work, you will need determination to get a leaner and healthier body. To guide you, we will be listing some of the easiest ways to lose fat so that you will be able to achieve the kind of body that you have always wanted.

  • Make sure that you get enough sleep every night. According to a study conducted in Finland, people who lack in sleep tend to have more fat in the body. Therefore, if you want to have less visceral fat, it is important that you give your body enough time to rest and regenerate by getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • One of the most effective ways to lose fat—and weight, in general, is to always keep on moving. Sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of obesity. In order to prevent this, you will need to be physically active by taking the time to exercise. No matter how busy you are, it is never an excuse. Little changes in your daily activities can help a lot. For example, instead of taking the elevator, choose the stairs in your work place. You can do some running, walking or swimming depending on your preference. Experts suggest jogging because it is very good in burning visceral fat.
  • Always stay hydrated. Water is important in the process of transporting and burning fat. Also, a lot of people mistake thirst for hunger, which, in turn, can lead to weight gain. If you drink enough water regularly, you will also feel full for a longer time. In a study by German researchers, they found out that drinking cold water during the day can increase your metabolism, helping you to lose weight faster.
  • Yoga can help reduce visceral fat. Aside from helping you to lose weight, it can also aid in lowering your stress level by decreasing cortisol production.
  • According to researchers, eating organic food can help you lose weight by helping in your metabolism. In addition to this, organic products are recommended because they do not contain toxins that may interfere in the fat burning process of the body.
  • You should have enough protein in your diet because it is crucial when the body starts to lose fat. Without protein, your body will have a problem in insulin, which will result to the storage of more body fat.
  • A simple rule when it comes to calories is this: do not eat more than what you can burn. This just means that you only eat what your body can burn through exercise. If you overeat, your body will just store the excess calories as fat.
  • Speaking of calories, it will also help to limit your carbohydrates consumption. Some foods that are high in carbs include rice and potatoes. Again, whatever is the excess energy from food; it will be stored in your body as stubborn fat.
  • Choose polyunsaturated fat to lose more weight. This type of fat is found in fish and nuts.
  • Researchers in Japan found out that those who consume 1-2 tbsps. of vinegar everyday can decrease the amount of visceral fat in the body. They have concluded that the acetic acid found in vinegar can speed up the fat burning process.
  • Sitting for more than 4 hours can negatively affect your metabolism. If you have a desk job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, make sure that you take breaks by stretching and standing up.

By following the tips listed above, it will be easier for you achieve your target weight and lose unwanted fat. One great way to check your progress is by using a body fat analyzer. If you are not sure which body composition monitor to get, check out the reviews done by reputable fitness websites. A comprehensive reviews and comparison articles can be found that compare the best body fat scales.

To motivate you even more, always remember that you are doing the sacrifices not just to achieve a sexy body, but to have a longer and happier life as well. Again, simple lifestyle changes can go a long way. All you need is to start and have enough will to achieve the fitness goals that you have.

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a fantastic, healthy, fitness food and should form a staple of any healthy diet. Not only are they a good source of carbohydrates but they are also chock full of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6. potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B2. They are also lower on the Glycemic Index than white potatoes which means they result in a lower spike in blood sugar levels after eating them. You should be able to find sweet potatoes at your local supermarket but I like to buy them from Muscle Food, a UK based fitness food retailer. Muscle Food has grown incredibly fast over the past few years after appealing to the fitness minded individuals in the UK by supplying healthy foods at often heavily discounted prices to supermarkets in the UK. I often use a Muscle Food discount code that you can find for even further discounts and even more savings.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 40 Minutes Total Time: 45 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings


8 oz sweet potatoes, peeled and
chopped into small cubes
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1⁄4 teaspoon ground sage
1⁄4 teaspoon ground savory
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt


1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
2. In a large baking dish, toss sweet potatoes with all of the
3. Place the sweet potatoes in the pre-heated oven and cook
uncovered for 40 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 245 calories, 7.5g fat, 43g carbs, 2g protein

Very Berry Blend

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 0 Minutes Total Time: 6-7 Minutes Yield: 1-2 Servings

1 scoop Vanilla Low-Carb Protein Powder
1⁄2 cup cold water
1⁄4 cup unflavored or vanilla coconut milk
1⁄4 cup fresh blueberries
1⁄4 cup fresh strawberries

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately or pour into a shallow container and freeze for 30 minutes.

Per Serving: 183 calories, 2g fat, 16.5g carbs, 25g protein

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes Yield: 15 Muffins
1 1⁄4 cup quinoa flour


1 cup oat flour

2⁄3 cup pumpkin purée

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg or mace

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1⁄2 cup coconut sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

1⁄4 cup maple syrup

1⁄2 teaspoon grey sea salt

1 cup coconut milk

2 eggs

1⁄4 cup applesauce unsweetened

Nuts to top (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. Place 15 cupcake liners into 2 muffin trays.

3. Place the wet ingredients into medium bowl and mix well.

4. In a large sized mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.

5. Carefully pour the wet ingredients into the bowl that contains the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.

6. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop equal amounts of batter into the prepared cupcake liners.

7. Place chopped nuts and chocolate chips on the top of each muffin (optional).

8. Place muffin trays into the preheated oven and cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

9. Remove the muffins from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

Per Muffin: 136 calories, 2g fat, 26g carbs, 4g protein

Gluten Free Oat Cakes


Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes Yield: 7 Oat Cakes


1⁄2 cup almond flour
1⁄2 cup gluten free oat flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons organic butter (or oil)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk alternative of choice
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon potato starch
1⁄4 cup mini dark chocolate chips or raisins

As an optional extra, to increase the protein content, you can add in a scoop of protein powder. I would recommend a vanilla flavoured protein powder and preferrably a whey concentrate rather than an isolate. The brand doesn’t really matter but you can go to Monster Supplements who have a wide range of protein powders.


1. First, combine liquid ingredients in a bowl, adding the dry ingredients after.
2. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
3. Preheat non-stick frying pan over medium heat, melting 1⁄2 teaspoon butter or oil.
4. Using a 1⁄4 cup scoop, empty the batter into the frying pan creating round cakes.
5. Let cook uninterrupted for 2 minutes.
6. Flip the oat cake and cook for 2 minutes longer or until the oat cake is fully cooked inside.
7. Serve with pure maple syrup and dairy free coconut “cream” (optional).

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 193 calories, 12g fat, 17g carbs, 5.5g protein

BBQ Grilled Chicken


Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes Yield: 6 Servings


1 1⁄2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon granulated garlic
3⁄4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2⁄3 cups barbecue sauce, plus more for
2 (8-ounce) large boneless, skinless
chicken breasts
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

I would highly recommed using Musclefood to purchase all of your meat. They sell extremely high quality, lean meat at very good prices; even cheaper than your local supermarket. They always have special deals running such as 5kg of chicken breast for just £25.


1. Prepare a grill for medium-high cooking or heat a grill pan over high heat.
2. In a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic, salt and cayenne.
3. Place chicken breasts on a cutting board and split each horizontally with a sharp knife, forming 2 thinner cutlets.
4. Sprinkle cutlets and thighs all over with the spice mixture.
5. Place thighs on the grill; cook for 2 minutes, and then place breast cutlets on the grill.
6. Cook chicken, turning and flipping pieces several times, until just about cooked through, about 8 minutes longer on the grill or 10 minutes longer on a grill pan.
7. Baste with barbecue sauce and cook on each side about 1 minute longer.
8. Serve with more barbecue sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 360 calories, 10g fat, 15g carbs, 50g protein

Apricot Nut Bites


Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 0 Total Time: 1 Hour Yield: 6 Servings


15 dried apricots, diced
2⁄3 cup cashew meal/flour
1 tablespoon flaked filberts
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 tablespoon milk alternative of choice
2 tablespoons coconut oil, measured then melted
1 tablespoon honey


1. Place all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine well.
2. Form 2 tablespoon round balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate.
3. Place in the freezer for one hour to harden.
4. Remove from freezer 5-15 minutes prior to enjoying depending on how soft you would like your dessert.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 204 calories, 13g fat, 19g crabs, 4g protein

Avocado Burger


Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings


1 lb extra-lean ground turkey
1 medium red onion
2 garlic cloves
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
Avocado Sauce:
1 medium/large avocado
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon lime juice
Toppings & Bun:
Red onion
Ezekiel bread (Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free

OR Skip the bun and use lettuce wraps


1. Sauté onion and garlic until golden brown.
2. Add salt and pepper then mix into meat.
3. Shape meat mixture into patties as thick as you desire.
4. BBQ patties approximately 4 minutes on each side.
5. Mash Avocado in bowl. Add in salt, pepper, honey and lime juice.Mixed well. Refrigerate until use.
6. Fix your burger together with all topping ingredients and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 218 calories, 14.5g fat, 7g carbs, 17g protein