Plant-based diets are increasing in popularity. More and more people are switching from their omnivore diet to a diet that solely consists of whole foods. Some choose to go plant-based out of concern for the environment, while others make the switch because it’s considered a healthier option. Well, if you’re still considering making the switch, here are some key insights you should know before dipping your toes into the world of plant-based eating. Remember to always consult with your doctor or nutritionist before starting a new eating plan.
While a plant-based diet may not be for everyone, research shows that following a vegan diet provides numerous health benefits as long as you follow it correctly. Limiting the use of oils, processed foods and sugars, plant-based foods leaves you with plenty of whole foods filled with nutrients, maximising your nutritional intake.
By adopting a plant-based diet, you could potentially lower your risk of:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Colon and breast cancer
While there are many misconceptions about how following a plant-based diet may not provide you with the nutrients and proteins your body needs; as long as your calorie intake is enough, you’re almost certain to get enough protein.
Foods to incorporate to boost your protein intake:
- BodiCafé’s Beans, lentils and split peas
- Soy products like BodiCafé’s soy milk, soya mince and tofu
Leaving the meaty meals behind can be challenging, especially if following a plant-based diet is new to your routine. However, as more and more people have started questioning their diets and its effects on animals, the environment, and possible health effects; supermarkets have started making meat alternatives more accessible and affordable.
Bring in the Subs
With a variety of plant-based versions of your favourite sausages and burgers, and other meat substitutes made available, taking the next step to ditching the meat is easier now than it was a couple of years ago. Containing fewer calories and less fat, here are a few meat alternatives that taste just as good.
- Tofu – A classic meat alternative and is a low-calorie source of protein
- Soya protein – Soya mince and soya chunks can be commonly used as a meat substitute
- Black beans – popular, healthy and delicious, most plant-based burgers are made out of black beans
- Chickpeas – Providing a substantial amount of iron, chickpeas contain more protein than most types of meat
Whether you’re new to the plant-based lifestyle or simply looking for tasty meat substitutes, you can shop these products and more at BodiCafé.