Dear Heloise: My girlfriend is becoming a flexitarian. What’s that?
— Roger W., Fort Wayne, Indiana
Roger, flexitarians eat a predominantly vegetarian diet, but they don’t entirely abstain from eating meat.
There are many reasons why someone chooses to become a vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian. These include:
• Animal welfare.
• The environmental effects from eating meat.
• Reducing resource dependence and saving money.
• Health benefits.
People like your girlfriend who dip their toe into vegetarianism but don’t go “all in” are usually welcomed into the community, but some may object. Flexitarians may see eating meat as an occasional treat.
As with most movements, there are pros and cons to the flexitarian lifestyle.
Dear Heloise: What’s the buzz on kale? I’ve heard a lot about it recently.
— Amanda P. in Texas
Kale is a member of the cabbage family.
Consume kale soon after purchase, as it can become bitter over time. Don’t wash the kale until you are ready to eat it, then rinse it well in cold water. Remove the tough spine of the kale. Kale is loaded with vitamins A, C and K, and is rich in fiber, calcium and iron.