All about vegetarianism in Russia

Vegetarianism in Russia is perceived as an oddity, while in Europe this is a normal way of life for many citizens. In almost any store there will definitely find products marked «vegan». In addition, there are vegetarian cafes, events and so on. We, in Russia, vegetarianism is widespread only in big cities. And the fact that it began to emerge quite recently.

How to live the vegetarian in Russia, how to balance your diet under our Central belt of the country, how to overcome the psychological barrier of misunderstanding, or meat-eaters?

Vegetarianism in Russia

The mentality in Russia is different. Opponents of vegetarianism are trying to prove something, something to scare, sometimes to insult, referring only to their own beliefs. At that time, as no one in Europe or not. However, it happens, and vegans are very aggressive. But this was rare, and that, at the beginning and unexplored his way.

The problem lies in the perception of the lifestyle. The Russian people are more stable, conservative, less mobile. Any new information gets used for a long time. Perhaps many just do not realize how a rich diet of vegetarian or vegan.

Vegetarianism in Russia

Consider the products of basic nutrition.

Vegetarians come in different types:

  1. lactovegetarians (their diet excludes meat, fish, poultry, but includes dairy products);
  2. ovovegetarians (their diet includes eggs);
  3. lacto/ovo vegetarians (milk, eggs).

Vegetarians exclude key products associated with the abuse of animals, but use animal products such as dairy products and eggs.

Vegans exclude all dairy and eggs. And many people do not consume honey, gelatin, Hematogen and similar things where animals are exploited.

Vegetarians come in different types

What vegetarians eat?

If you think that vegans only eat grass, you’re wrong! A huge variety of cereals and legumes gives a lot of vegetable protein. It’s easier to digest, will not increase the cholesterol. They contain many amino acids (including irreplaceable), fats, vitamins and minerals. Legumes (beans ,lentils: brown, green and red, mash, peas, chickpeas, mung beans, asparagus,soybeans no GMO, corn, etc.).

Cereals: buckwheat (they prefer the green, not that to which we are accustomed, fried, lost almost all useful properties), rice (including brown not brushed and steamed), wheat (preferably spelt and neglected Russian wild wheat will be much better than usual), oats, rye. Many grains used for sprouting. And sprouts contain all the essential elements for growth and development, because this is the beginning of new plant life! It is good to add to salads, smoothies, cereals, green cocktails.


Greens (spinach is a storehouse of plant protein, all kinds of lettuce, arugula, parsley, sorrel, dill, celery, rhubarb, Basil and cilantro.


A huge amount of spices! They not only contain huge amount of minerals and help a lot of products is better absorbed (especially legumes), improve digestion, increase immunity and libido.


Vegetables. A huge number of them it is difficult to list! But many data on vegetables over carrot, cucumber, tomatoes, potatoes and beets. A well-known Russian turnip tale grandfather planted a turnip? And the tubers of Jerusalem artichoke, which in Russia is used instead of potatoes, which is just fine and reduces the level of glucose in blood and contains the prebiotic, inulin?! A rutabaga? The one who searches will find a lot of new, it would wish!


And Russian healthy drinks just the sea! Chicory instead of coffee, will not increase the pressure. Ivan-tea (fireweed) is much healthier and does not contain caffeine! So just rose hips, mint to brew!

The berriesthat abound in our forests. Many believe that berries are in first place on the beneficial properties of all foods! Blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, cranberry, cranberries, blackberries, cloudberries and so on).


Fruit. Here, of course, more complicated. But we have a big country, so that not only apples, pears and plums are available to us. Watermelons, breathe, quince, figs, apricots, peaches, feijoas (nannies on the black sea coast)… the list goes on!

The fruits

Nuts. There are many in Russia (hazel, walnut, for example, grows well in the Krasnodar region).


Dried perfectly replace sweets (And it’s not just the dried apricots, prunes and raisins. Dried cherries are so delicious! Dried pineapples are amazing! You should visit the Bazaar!).


Mushrooms are also included in the diet of vegetarians.


Seeds (sesame and poppy seeds, if you count per 100g, of calcium is much more than dairy products! Chia seeds, flax, poppy, sunflower, pumpkin, flax and many others).

Oil: walnut, flax, sesame, pumpkin seeds, amaranth seeds, cedar, etc.).

Seaweed is a great source of iodine.


Many products can not only frying, stewing and cooking. But also be steamed, baked, dry and you can, of course, eaten raw, preserving all useful properties!

With vegetarianism in Russia know each other through the fasting. Many much better, the weight comes back to normal, decreases cholesterol. Just a lot of people don’t like new words. Vegetarianism is not a diet, not a sect, not a fashion. This is a deliberate act to live in eco style in harmony with nature and the surrounding world. Not just to eat to benefit your health (and in such a balanced and varied diet is really not harmful, but rather strengthens it), but also to maintain the ecology (separate waste collection, recycling of batteries and minimization of their use, eco-fur and eco-leather, ethical cosmetics, reusable eco-bags instead of hundreds of packets).

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