If you've always wanted to visit a healthfood store, but are intimidated by the terminology, have no fear. Sure, it can be a daunting process, but here are some important terms to help you navigate your way down the tasty aisles.
- Vegan: A strict vegetarian who avoids all foods of animal origin, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy products and eggs.
- Lacto-vegetarian: a person who includes dairy products and eggs into his or her diet.
- Pesco-vegetarian: people who eat fish, dairy products, and eggs along with plant foods (believed to be the healthiest diet for most people).
- Semi-vegetarians: people who eat a little poultry along with fish, as well as dairy products and eggs.
- Adzuki beans: small, with a vivid red color, solid flavor and texture.
- Black beans: sweet tasting with an almost mushroom flavor, soft floury texture.
- Blackeye beans: creamy texture and distinctive flavor.
- Garbanzo beans: also called chick peas, firm texture with a flavor somewhere between chestnuts and walnuts.
- Kidney Beans: solid flavor and texture.
- Lentils: varieties include red, Beluga, Eston, French green, Pardina, Richlea, large green.
- Chard: varieties include Swiss, red, yellow rainbow. A leafy green with a rich, taste (similar to beets).
- Collards: a leafy green with a soft, sweet taste, pleasing to most palettes.
- Dandelion: long, thin leaves, extremely bitter.
- Kale: a slightly bitter green, with a rich flavor that takes on almost any spice.
Various grocery items:
- Goat's milk: believed to be more easily digestible and less allergenic than cow's milk.
- Kefir: a fermented milk that contains beneficial bacteria
- Organic: food grown or raised without pesticides, growth hormones or chemicals.
- Tofu: essentially soybean curd that is soft, cheese-like and adaptable to any flavor.
- Tempeh: a fermented food made by of cooked soybeans. It has a nutty flavor that's more substantial than tofu.