Why should you eat more plants?
Plants are rich sources of many nutrients that are important for good health, including unsaturated fats, vitamins (such as folate), minerals, fibre and protein.
Eating a plant-based diet is linked to lower risk of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
Eating a plant based diet is also better for the environment. Just 1 calorie of animal protein requires 11x the fossil fuels of 1 calorie of plant protein.
Home cooked plant based meals are cheaper to cook than meat and dairy based dishes (I still get annoyed when I’m charged the full price for my meal minus the meat, eggs & cheese 😭)
There are plenty of delicious plant based protein options, and no, going plant based won’t make you protein deficient, generally we eat a surplus of protein vs our requirements. Extra protein isn’t stored as muscle, it’s used for energy or converted to fat (in a very long and complicated biochemical pathway that I had to recite for exams and never wish to revisit again 😂)
Research now shows that there are plant based sources of active vit B12! Certain mushrooms (shiitake and lions mane), algae (such as nori paper), and tempeh (created by bacteria in the fermentation process of the soy) contain good amounts of the vitamin.
Cooking plant based meals challenges you to experiment with different ingredients and use them to create different flavours and textures. I find it fun to be able to recreate a dish in a plant based and healthier way, it’s amazing what you can do with foods when you’re not fixated on using meat as the star on your plate.
SO, I’m interested, what is stopping you from wanting to go plant based? Have you tried eating a mostly or completely plant based diet? Where do you go to for recipes and inspiration? And what are your favourite recipes you cook at home?
Ps. I would like to add that although I choose the eat this way, there is no judgment towards others who choose not to! I want to try break that stigma that follows the vegan lifestyle, and instead want to work with others to help them become their healthiest version! #plantbased #plantpowered #elsaswholesomelife