Eating a plant-based vegan diet, believe it or not, can be more interesting than most people think. Forget the images of bland soggy vegetables and seeds that resemble what you would 'put out' for the birds and think meat-less burgers, yummy dhals, the pizza you didn't think you could have, gooey chocolate brownies, cookies and more!
One of the most powerful steps you can take to improve your health, boost energy levels, and prevent chronic diseases is to move to a plant-based diet. There’s excellent scientific evidence that many chronic diseases can be reduced, or even reversed by switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet.
With most leading supermarkets now offering so many plant-based options, its now easier than ever to incorporate it into your diet. These 5 tips will definitely help you kick start your plant-based journey.
5 TIPS TO EAT MORE PLANT-BASED MEALS
1 ~ Swap the animal meat part of your meal for a healthier plant-based alternative like tempeh, edamame beans, tofu, lentils, beans, or seitan which are all full of healthy protein and a great source of fibre. Make sure to get organic soy products, as most commercial soy beans today are genetically engineered to feed cows.
2 ~ Learn how to create your favourite meal but the plant-based version. Love spaghetti bolognese? No problem! Just add Quorn mince instead of beef. If pizza is more your thing? Don't worry. There are SO many plant-based cheeses on offer; my personal favourites are Violife (available in most supermarkets) and Kinda Co. In baking when the recipe says use an egg, just whip up a flax egg - 2 tbsp of flax seed and 6 tbsp of water, it does exactly the same thing!
3 ~ Try and find a motivation behind your plant-based eating. People often eat plant-based for the animal welfare aspect, the amazing health benefits and for environmental reasons. Getting inspired and passionate about your choices grounds your beliefs and you will be more likely to succeed.
4 ~ Batch cooking can be amazing. Don't just make one plant-based meal, do enough for lunch the next day or even for the rest of the week! You don't want to be caught off guard with no plant-based food and no other options to eat as you may fall off the band wagon.
5 ~ Make sure to include Vitamin B12. This is really important as you cannot get B12 from most plant-based foods. B12 is naturally found in animal products so when eating more plant-based meals you're at risk of not getting your required amount. However, some sources include plant-based milks and breakfast cereals, but the best source is a simple B12 sublingual supplement.
We really hope this article inspires you to start your plant-based journey - for your health and the planet!