WHAT IS A PLANT-BASED DIET?
A plant-based diet is synonymous with a vegan diet; to sum up, all-vegetarian diets are composed mainly, but not completely, of plant foods. (All guides and recipes on this website are 100% vegan)
In short, this brings an emphasis on food like fruits, vegetables, and places a limited intake on meats, dairy, and eggs.
Meanwhile, a person’s limitations to this food depend on how strict they want to be. People may choose to eliminate food from animals, on the other hand. On the other hand, some people just limit their intake.
Above all, this type of diet can help prevent and even treat Type 2 Diabetes.
In addition, it also reduces the risk of other chronic illnesses, for instance, cancer, according to Journal of Geriatric Cardiology
Here’s a list of what to eat, limit and avoid when transitioning into a plant-based diet:
1.) Vegetables (legumes, sweet potatoes, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, kale) – for calcium and other nutrients.
2.) Fruits (avocado, blueberry, grapes, mangoes, bananas, grapefruit and oranges) – a mix of various vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
3.) White grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat bread, and whole-wheat pasta) – similarly, these ingredients are high in nutrients and fibre.
4.) Beans – provide essential amino acids and plant protein.
5.) Nuts (walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, and cashews) – provide healthy fats.
6.) Seeds (chia seeds, hemp seeds).
9.) Tea (green, lavender, chamomile, or ginger).
Meanwhile, here is a list of food you need to limit (or avoid completely):
1.) Dairy (milk and cheese)
2.) Animal products (eggs, dairy, and meat)
3.) Meat and poultry (chicken, beef, and pork)
4.) Refined grains (white pasta, rice, and bread)
A 7-DAY MENU GUIDE FOR A PLANT-BASED DIET:
Healthy Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts
Toppings: Nuts of your choice, fresh dried fruits.
Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Add ons: Black Beans, Corn, Avocado and Salsa.
Fillings: Tofu, Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Avocado, Tomatoes.
Main ingredients: Almond Milk. Flour, Maple Syrup, Nutritional Yeast and Cinnamon.
Black Bean Tofu Burger
Main ingredients: Tofu, Black Beans and mushrooms.
Mushroom Vegetable Tomato Soup
Main ingredients: Mushroom, Tomato Sauce
Perfect with: Toasted Wheat Bread or a Side Salad.
Main ingredients: Oat flour and Whole Wheat pastry flour.
Douse in maple syrup.
Meatless “Beef” Stew
Made with: Mushrooms, Potatoes and Tomato Sauce.
Kale Tofu Curry
Main ingredients: Kale (substitute to curry powder), tofu and soaked almonds.
Apple-Lemon Breakfast Bowl
Main ingredients: Dates/Raisins, Walnuts, Lemon Juice, and Apple.
Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice
Main ingredients: Brown Rice, Tofu Scramble, Vegetable, Soy Sauce.
Extra-Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets
Main ingredients: Tofu, Baking Powder.
Vegan Carrot Waffles
Main ingredients: Carrots, Baking Powder, Flaxseed.
Vegetarian Tofu Bean Chili
Main ingredients: Tofu, Creamy Beans, Tomato Sauce.
Vegan Teriyaki “Chicken” Stir Fry
Main ingredients: Tofu, Broccoli, Teriyaki Sauce, Bell Pepper.
Main ingredients: Tofu (crumbled extra-firm), Almond Milk, Turmeric.
Main ingredients: Plantains, Black Beans, Yellow Rice, Tomato Sauce.
Tomato Braised Mushrooms
Main ingredients: Bella Mushrooms, Not-Beef Stock, Tomato Paste, Coconut Oil.
Main ingredients: Wheat Bread, Ripe Avocados, Virgin Olive Oil.
Pink/Red Bean Stew
Main ingredients: Dry Beans, Tomato Sauce.
Vegan Tofu Meatballs
Main ingredients: Tofu and Tomato Pasta Sauce.
The basic idea of this is to mainly limit or completely avoid a diet that is centered on meat and dairy. Above all, switching to a vegetable, fruits, and whole grains staple diet is the main thing to do when transitioning to a vegan diet.
To sum up, it’s a flavourful approach to eating with great health benefits.
I personally encourage healthier options instead of processed food. However, for someone transitioning, this will be a good start. Regardless of the reason you choose to do this, you will certainly live a healthier life.
Above all, fewer animals will suffer and as a result, your carbon footprint would be significantly better.
If you want to know the benefits of eating pineapple, click here.