Benefits of Being Plant-Based

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eat food mostly plants_cropBeing plant-based is becoming trendier and more people are adopting this style of diet. Plant-based means that the majority of your foods come from fruits/veg, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and beans/legumes. Plant-based diets can still include meat and dairy, but the majority of your food comes from other sources.

Plant-based diets have lots of health benefits, including lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. This is because these foods are really high in vitamins and minerals that we need to keep our bodies healthy. They are also packed with fibre (most of us don’t get enough) and are usually less processed. These foods are also pretty voluminous, which means we means we will feel fuller after eating less calories. We live in an obesogenic environment and it’s fairly easy to over consume calories while mindlessly snacking or consuming processed foods.

Tips for Becoming More Plant Based

  • Meal prep: I get way more plants into my diet when I plan ahead. If I’m stuck using whatever I have on hand I tend to eat more processed foods
  • 50-25-25: Fill at least half your plate with veggies when building your meals. 50% veg, 25% carbs, and 25% protein.
  • Meatless Mondays: Try to follow a vegetarian meal once a week
  • Pick healthy fats: healthy fats tend to be liquid at room temperature (olive oil); nuts and nut butters, seeds, and avocados are all great sources. Be careful about how much you use – fats are pretty energy dense.

20200426_095302Savory Breakfast Bowl

I love this bowl as a filling start to the day. What’s in the bowl:

  • Quinoa base (~1/4 cup, cooked)
  • Sauteed red onions and bell peppers
  • 1/4 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 fried egg (I like to put some paprika, salt, and pepper on it)
  • 4-6 blistered tomatoes
  • sprinkle with feta cheese

** Sometimes I add in some bacon and saute the veg/fry the egg in the bacon fat (makes it not plant based).

20200424_194501Thai Peanut Buddha Bowl

I got the original recipe for this bowl from paleOMG.com but I mixed it up a bit. I don’t love mushrooms, so I dropped the mushrooms and added rice to bowl.

It doesn’t have a ton of protein so I would recommend adding some tofu to give it a boost. I think some seared tuna steaks would also be a delicious addition!

20200425_191115BBQ Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is delicious and really filling! I used half a sweet potato per serving – also makes some delicious left overs.

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