It’s no secret that the plant-based movement has gained serious momentum over the last few years. More and more people are choosing to reduce or eliminate animal products in their diet every day and as a result, a larger selection of plant-based options in restaurants and grocery stores have become available (like us).
Being plant-based refers to only the diet while being vegan is more so a way of life and applied to all areas. The premise behind plant-based is eating a diet that is mainly or entirely made up of plants!
Eating more real, whole plant foods is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves. It increases our intake of vitamins and nutrients, cuts down our processed food consumption, lowers cholesterol, increases antioxidants, increases fiber intake, and is great for the planet as it doesn’t contribute to animal agriculture.
Vegetables alone are some of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, so anytime we can boost our intake of veggies, we should! When aiming for vegetables with the highest concentration of nutrients are the ones that are brightest in colour like; broccoli, carrots, kale, beets, squash, etc.
Incorporating a more plant-based way of eating doesn’t have to be intimidating, it’s as simple as switching certain small things out.
Here are a few simple ways to take a more plant-based approach to your diet and make an impact on the planet and your health!
- Try to cook a plant based meal a few times a week.
- Instead of using animal products as the main attraction, use them as more of a condiment.
- Build your meals around the vegetables first.
- Experiment with spices and flavours to give your plants some new life.
- Don’t complicate things, make easy subs like meat to chickpeas, butter to olive oil, etc.