Archive for June, 2015

Plant-based Eating

Here are some basic ways you can move towards plant-based eating.

  1. Add in a lot of vegetables and fruits at every meal and snack.
  2. Eat as much as you want – fill up on plants.
  3. Become aware of how many plant colors you are serving at each meal.
  4. Try unsweetened and unflavored non-dairy milks such as almond, coconut, or hemp milks.
  5. Find a health food store that contains bulk items to save money on staples such as lentils, dried peas, beans, quinoa, millet, brown rice and nuts.
  6. Visit your local farmers markets regularly, or join a local community supported agriculture (CSA)- a resource to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer.

At meal times:

  1. Try a smoothie or fresh juice made with mostly vegetables for one snack or meal a day.
  2. Participate in meatless eating days – whether it is meatless Monday or another day.
  3. Replace animal protein with things like beans and high-quality grains/seeds like quinoa.
  4. Eat a loaded green leafy salad at least once a day.
  5. Add more and many creative plant-based dishes to meals.

When eating out:

  1. Ethnic restaurants have the most plant-based options.
  2. In almost any restaurant, consider ordering 2 plant-based appetizers to take the place of a meat-based entrée.
  3. Check out trendy vegetarian or mixed fare restaurants.