We have valuable resources to help you go vegetarian, including books, classes, events, and even great places to shop!
Vegetarians of Washington is here to help:
To get started at a beginner level, you’ll find our book Say No to Meat! The 411 on Ditching Meat and Going Veg, to be invaluable. It’s a comprehensive guide to the whys and hows of becoming vegetarian, written in an easy-to-digest question and answer format. It also contains shopping tips and basic information about ingredients, along with some great tasting and easy-to-follow recipes.
To try some delicious vegetarian food, and meet lots of interesting people, come to one of our Monthly Dining Events, a great way for beginners to dip their toes.
To learn about the many health and other benefits of vegetarian food, and to learn how to cook some foods which may be new to you, such as tofu, tempeh and quinoa, come to one of our free classes.
To discover lots of new foods to buy, to learn from doctors and chefs, and to gain the confidence that you can be a vegetarian, come to Vegfest, our annual vegetarian food festival, held in the Spring each year.
To learn to cook, buy The Veg-Feasting Cookbook, which is packed with a wide variety of recipes from many different cuisines, to give you lots of ideas and support.
To learn more about how to shop for healthy food, including how to select produce, read ingredient labels, and so much more, buy our new shopping guide In Pursuit of Great Food.
More Resources from Vegetarians of Washington:
Other useful resources:
www.vegetariantimes.com – Vegetarian Times has a huge resource of recipes where you can specify to search for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free etc.
www.nutritionmd.org – Nutrition MD is a valuable resource for dietary advice, meal plans and a huge database of healthy vegan recipes.
All major grocery stores these days offer all the basics needed for a healthy vegetarian diet – fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes (both dried and canned), nuts and seeds. Many also offer complete vegetarian frozen meals, and specific products such as non-dairy milks, yogurts and cheeses; meat alternatives such as tofu, tempeh, seitan, and meat analogues (veggie burgers, veggie chicken nuggets etc); plus specialist products such as nutritional yeast and egg replacer, which can be useful in replacing dairy and eggs in recipes.
For the best selection of natural foods in Washington state, try stores such as:
www.central-market.com – Central Market – stores in Mill Creek, Poulsbo, & Shoreline
www.metropolitan-market.com – Metropolitan Market – 7 stores in Seattle & Tacoma
www.pccnaturalmarkets.com – PCC Natural Markets – 12 stores in or near Seattle
www.townandcountrymarkets.com – Town & Country Markets – Bainbridge Island, Lakemont (Bellevue) & Ballard
www.wholefoodsmarket.com – Whole Foods Markets – 9 stores from Bellingham to Vancouver WA.
The following more conventional stores also have a good selection of natural foods:
www.fredmeyer.com – Fred Meyer has a good natural section in all its stores
www.QFC.com – QFC stores have natural products in every section of the store
www.safeway.com – Many Safeway branches now have a natural foods section
Locally owned co-ops and farmers markets also provide very good selections:
Central Co-op (aka Madison Market) Seattle
Community Food Co-op (Washington) Bellingham
Ferry County Co-op Republic
Main Market Co-op Spokane
Mountain Community Co-op Eatonville
Okanogan River Natural Foods Co-op Tonasket
Olympia Food Co-op Olympia
PCC Natural Markets Seattle
Port Townsend Food Co-op Port Townsend
San Juan Island Food Co-op Friday Harbor
Skagit Valley Food Co-op Mount Vernon
Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op Everett
Tacoma Food Co-op Tacoma
The Food Co-op Port Townsend
Yelm Food Co-op Yelm
If you can’t find the products you want in a grocery store near you, another alternative is to shop online, and have foods delivered to your home. Here are some possible options for vegetarian and vegan foods:
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Susan Gins, Certified Nutritionist – Seattle & Issaquah http://www.nourish.net/
Cathy Hains RD (Lighthouse Nutrition) – Gig Harbor http://www.lighthouse-nutrition.com/
Sudha Nandiga, Bothell & Everett firstname.lastname@example.org
Chan Hwang MD – pain and rehabilitation, Puyallup
Arun Kalianasundaram MD – cardiology –http://www.swedish.org/physicians/k/kalyanasundaram-arun
George Lee MD – family medicine, Bellevue – http://www.overlakehospital.org/find-a-doctor/search-form/?id=430
Esther Park-Hwang MD – Obstetrics & Gynecology, Tacoma –http://www.multicare.org/doctor/esther-park-hwang/
Chris Kozura ND, http://www.naturalfamilysportsmedicine.com/chris-kozura-nd.html
Diane Lee, ND Lac, Seattle Naturopathic Center, www.seattlenaturopathiccenter.com
National & International vegetarian organizations
There are many vegetarian societies around the world. If you’re looking for general support outside of the Washington State area, the following organizations may have the information you need:
www.americanvegan.org – American Vegan society – The American Vegan Society is a nonprofit educational membership organization teaching a compassionate way of living that includes veganism. They produce a quarterly magazine, The American Vegan, which discusses the philosophy of compassionate living, and the practical aspects of the vegan lifestyle.
www.ivu.org – International Vegetarian Union – Hundreds of Vegetarian groups and societies are affiliated to the International Vegetarian Union. This site lists them all, and provides in depth articles on every aspect of vegetarian lifestyles from around the world.
www.vrg.org – Vegetarian Resource Group – This group has a fantastic range of information on vegetarian and vegan recipes, vegetarian and vegan nutrition information, vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, Vegetarian Journal excerpts, vegetarian travel information, vegetarian and vegan brochures, and even a Vegetarian Game. Enjoy!
Other Helpful Links
www.veggiedate.com – Vegetarian Dating Site – If you’re looking for a vegetarian date or a roommate, this is the largest and most popular vegetarian and vegan dating service. One couple who met through VeggieDate, held their first date at a Vegetarians of Washington Monthly Dining Event, and a year later, they were married!