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by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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When you have a vegan or vegetarian diet, traditional wine pairings may not be applicable. While many people eat wine with meats or cheeses, you can still enjoy tasty wine pairings with a vegan or vegetarian diet. You just have to replace the meat with savory, healthy veggies that are better for your health anyway. Consider some of these healthy and satisfying pairings for your next party.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted root vegetables are an ideal way to enjoy the harvest of fall. As a vegan, you can enjoy the taste of yam or sweet potato roasted and paired with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for a savory meal. Not only will these spices enhance the flavor, cinnamon helps balance blood sugar into a healthy range, and nutmeg naturally helps aid digestion. It also helps to detoxify the body, boosts skin health, and improves immune system function. If you prefer a larger variety of vegetables, try turnip, parsnip, carrots, red potatoes, and sweet potatoes together. These low-calorie vegetables are packed with fiber for a healthy digestive system. They also contain a myriad of nutrients and vitamins that are utilized by the body to support positive health and well-being. The rich taste of these vegetables also pairs well with a full-bodied red wine.

Choose a Wine

Because wines are made with a variety of grapes and aged in oak barrels, they are consistent with a vegan lifestyle. Wine must be used moderately though, too much isn’t helpful for the body. You can keep up your chosen lifestyle while enjoying a locally made wine or a wine that is imported from somewhere else. Wine is known to have anti-aging properties, which everyone can use more of. The compound, resveratrol, comes from the skin of red grapes, and is the main reason for the health benefits that are inherent in wine. Some companies, like JJ Buckley Fine Wines, know how much fun it is to pair your favorite food with your favorite wine. Choose a wine that you like simply based on its flavor, or select a new variety made by a wine maker who has produced other wines that you like.

Fresh Tomato Soup

If you need some comfort food, try a warm bowl of tomato soup and pair it with your preferred red wine. Tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, molybdenum, and vitamin K. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and vitamin A. Tomato soup is also friendly for vegans and vegetarians who need to avoid any gluten or soy in their diets. These things can cause inflammation and indigestion, along with a myriad of other possible allergic reactions, depending on how your body reacts to them. Tomato soup can be purchased canned, but it often tastes better if it is made from freshly grown tomatoes. Blend the steamed tomatoes with an immersion blender and add vegetable stock, herbs, and a baguette to dip into it.

Crudites, Dips, and Wine

When you are hosting friends who are also vegan, crudites, dips, and wine pair well for a lunch or dinner party. Choose a white or pink wine to pair with freshly sliced vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, cauliflower, and broccoli. Broccoli is a great source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A, potassium and copper. All of these nutrients and vitamins work together to keep you healthy and well. Some other great choices that will fit well into a vegan or vegetarian diet include snap or snow peas, zucchini sticks, radishes, and scallions. Pair your wine and crudites with savory, vegan-friendly dips such as hummus, salsa, or guacamole.

Pairing wine with different vegetables could be an adventure. Each of these pairings allows you to try a new wine or explore a new vegetable for paring it. Getting all your needed vitamins and nutrients doesn’t ever have to be painful. The road to health starts with you, and your food choices. Make them good ones and your body will reward you, tenfold.

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