No news here that there is new diet advice every moment. And yes you got me here to passionately help you navigate thru the mess. But the one piece of diet advice that no one can argue with is that we all should be eating more plants. A plant-based diet focuses on getting all or most your nutrients from plant sources like vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds.
Eating more plants and a plant-based diet, in particular, is being encouraged by more scientists and physicians, with good reason—crowding your diet with more plants means taking in more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support your body. And who doesn’t want that? By adding more nutrient dense plant based foods into your diet you will slowly start to crowd out heavily processed food and animal products. The crazy thing is, the more veggies you eat, the less of the other stuff you will actually want to eat. I swear it is an incredible and addictive cycle. Your body actually starts to crave more plants. Could it be the weight loss, the sudden surge of new energy, radiant skin and mental clarity that comes with rethinking your diet? I say YES with absolute authority. I am proof, and have guided people through it.
It’s not that hard. But you do need to make the conscious effort and make the choice to take a step back from what our society’s norms are and eat more plant based whole foods. If you’re new to a plant-based diet or just want to start eating more plants, start with stocking your pantry and your fridge with these foods that will get you plant-powered up. And FYI, I am talking delicious tasty clean foods that will maximize how you look and feel. Loads below and mostly plant based inspiration here.
These plant-based proteins fill you up with good-for-you fiber and keep you feeling energized. They’re affordable, easy to incorporate into your diet and good for the waistline. Throw them in salads, soups, burgers, tacos, BROWNIES! and stir fries, puree them for dips and sauces. Did you know that 1 cup of chic peas has more protein than your average 3 OZ serving of chicken?
- Black beans
- Lentils (all kinds)
- Kidney Beans—(white too, add creaminess in soups)
- Brown rice
Nuts + Seeds
Nuts and seeds can be the base of a variety of different recipes like granola, pestos, dips, dairy-free mylks and sauces and snacks. These are nutrient powerhouses packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber.
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Sesame Seeds
Including fats is key in plant powered meals, as the fat helps your body absorb all the vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and plant-based foods you’ll be eating. These good fats are what actually helps us maintain our healthiest weights and keeps the body thriving.
- Cold Pressed, extra-virgin olive oil
- Unrefined, Organic Coconut oil
- Hemp, Avocado, Flax Oils
If you’re just learning how to cook with plants, a little extra spice, flavour, and creaminess from condiments like miso can elevate everything from salad dressings to soups.
- Hot sauce
- Tahini (sesame seed paste)
- Miso paste
- Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
- Vinegars (apple cider, rice)