4 Ways To Eat More Plants (Without Going Vegan)
Following a plant-based lifestyle doesn't have to mean totally avoiding animal product. In fact, animal products can (and do) play a role in a perfectly healthy and balanced diet.
But there's no arguing that whichever lifestyle you choose to follow, we should all be filling our plates with an abundance of plants to achieve optimum nutrition.
Michael Pollon, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, sums this idea up perfectly through his mantra: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
Need a little help in this area? You've come to the right place! Keep scrolling to find out how easy it is to up your plant intake throughout the day:
1. Sneak more veggies into your breakfast
Whether it's throwing mushrooms, onion and capsicum into your morning omelette, greens into your smoothie or sliced tomato on your toast, breakfast is the perfect opportunity to help you hit your quota! Try this Greened-Up Shakshuka recipe for a delicious start to the day.
2. Make just one meal a day entirely plant-based
Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, try and forgo the animal protein in just one of your meals throughout the day and replace it with a good quality protein of the plant kind. Get creative with penne pasta, cauliflower tacos, veggie-packed ratatouille or hemp seed falafels.
3. Rework the ratios on your plate
Rather than having veggies make up only a small portion of your plate, rework the ratio so that they makes up at least half! Think; oven-baked salmon with a big colourful salad or grilled chicken with roasted veg. For good measure, make sure there's also a form of complex carbohydrates on there as well like brown rice or quinoa.
4. Veggify your snacks
Is veggify even a word or did we just make that up? Either way, try and make veggies the star of your snacks! Add cut-up carrot, capsicum or celery sticks to your meal-prep agenda and enjoy with hummus, mix cucumber and garlic with Greek yoghurt for a fresh tzatziki or, if you're ever stuck, give these packet roasted chickpeas, broccoli chips and avocado crisps a whirl.
Don't forget that plant-based doesn't just mean veggies! Get creative with a range of fruits, nuts, legumes and grains as well. If ever you're in need of inspiration, be sure to check out more deliciously healthy recipes on our blog (no seriously, we've got thousands!).
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