Coming to a dinner party near you: The flexitarian

An assortment of new words were added to the Miriam-Websterís Collegiate Dictionary last month.

My personal favorite?


The word flexitarian is defined as ďone whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish.Ē It was spotted as a 2012 trend by, who found that more than one-third of families ate less meat in 2011 than in 2010.

Most people who choose a meatless diet do so because they want to eat healthier, they enjoy meatless dishes or they want to save money on groceries.

Iím not a vegetarian, but I do limit my intake of red meat. My parents were vegetarians for several years when I still lived at home, so I got used to meatless dishes, but that didnít stop me from ordering a chicken sandwich when Iíd go out with my friends. I do think I could give up red meat completely, but not chicken. I love chicken.

How about you? When it comes to eating meat, are you a carnivore, a vegetarian or a flexitarian?

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