The plant based diet
A plant based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few (or no) animal products. The use of the phrase has changed over time, and examples can be found of the phrase “plant based diet” being used to refer to vegan diets, which contain no food from animal sources, to vegetarian diets which include eggs and dairy but no meat, and to diets with varying amounts of animal-based foods, such as semi-vegetarian flexitarian diets which contain small amounts of meat.
People are becoming increasingly interested in giving up meat and dairy in favour of a plant based diet, but it’s a big undertaking if you don’t do your research and it can be scary if you don’t know what to expect. Here are four tips to help you get going.
People always ask vegans where they get their protein from as part of a plant based diet, and there lots of different sources to try. Beans are great and try to eat at least one cup a day. Tofu actually has more protein in it than eggs so if you’ve been having eggs for breakfast to get your protein levels up, swap it out for tofu scramble with some cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper and turmeric.
When you first start out making dietary and lifestyle changes like switching to a plant based diet it can be hard to stick to them – but the key is to be prepared as possible. Always make sure that you have food in the fridge at all times so you can whip yourself up something tasty whenever you need it.
This is the fun part about changing your diet! You’ll be trying out all sorts of delicious and tasty foods and produce that you might not have considered before. Quinoa is a great choice for vegans and vegetarians, especially if you don’t want to laden yourself up with carbs like potatoes, bread and rice all the time. Try it for vegan taco night and you’ll soon see what we mean! We also offer a range of products that can substitute dairy and meat products at Bute Island Foods.
Snacking can be hard work if you’re not completely prepared so either stock up on vegan meat alternative treats for your store cupboard for when you want a convenient snack without having to do any cooking, or make big batches of snacks like paprika roasted chickpeas you can delve into whenever you want.
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