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3 tips you need to know if you're turning pescatarian this January

For some, the new year brings a fresh start, and January becomes the month of dread as we try and get those belt buckles to where they once were.

The indulgence of Christmas is well and truly waved off. As we start the new year, and a new decade, there are high hopes for the next ten years. We want to be fitter, healthier, stronger, and we want our planet to be all of those things too. 2020 is the start of our environmental revolution, and it looms with the great challenge to reduce our impact on the Earth. There is a calling for us all to lead more sustainable lives, and a simple, easy way to do that is to reduce our meat intake.

There is an easier way of doing this than going cold turkey...
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Cod with Confetti Coconut Rice! ••••• Feel like every time I post I’m apologizing for not posting enough, but I’m just a busy person. If you don’t think coconut has a bright enough flavor, try mixing in veggie stock or something with a hint of brine. ••••••••• Tag @tastypescatarian to get posted #pescatarian #food #vegetarian #tasty #burger #meatless #vegan #foodie #videos #yum #dinner #delicious #tastyvegetarian #tags #tagsforlikes #repost #health #healthy #cleaneating #foodporn #mediterraneanfood #tofu #clean #eating #mediterraneandiet #cheese #snack #soulfood #healthyfood #pescatarian #food #vegetarian #tasty #burger #meatless #vegan #foodie #videos #yum #dinner #delicious #tastyvegetarian #soyummy #burger

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Rather than dive straight in with going Vegan for January, there is a way of introducing a middle man, so to speak. Pesky January is a great stepping stone for those who are used to having a meat-heavy diet but still want to live healthier and with a less guilty conscience. It’s cutting meat but keeping fish in your diet, and there are so many delicious, cheap meals you can do! Even if you just want to do it for a month, it's a great challenge to set yourself at the start of the year, and a great way of exploring different yet still delicious meals which are more environmentally sustainable—and usually healthier too!

So, here are some top tips...
Tip no.1 

The frozen section at whichever supermarket you use will become your best friend. Cod pieces, haddock, salmon, prawns, all much cheaper when kept frozen. All you need to do is get whatever you need out the freezer that morning, and it'll be ready, and very quick, to cook that evening! 

Tip no. 2
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The time has come.

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There is no need to panic, you can still get your Greggs/ McDonald's/ KFC/ Subway fix! Every fast-food chain is now offering veggie and vegan options. McDonald's are doing these amazing vegan bites, which are deep-fried breadcrumbed bites filled with rice and tomato goodness. The KFC vegan burger is absolutely fantastic, filled with sweet chilli and salad, and Greggs have upped their game, bringing in the vegan version of the steak bake.

But I have to say, the best is Subway. Their vegan options are next level, and as they've been out for a few months now, I can confidently say the vegan sub is delicious. They also do nachos and vegan garlic bread—I know, amazing. 

Tip no. 3

BBC Good Food have a fantastic Pescatarian site. The courgette lasagne is absolutely incredible and super easy. This is a brilliant way of sourcing new recipes, and you never know, they may even make it into your standard recipe portfolio! 

Featured image: Bea O' Kelly