Revitalize Your Body, Your Mind and the Planet.
You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian to benefit from a diet that’s rich in plant-based nutrition. In fact, all “healthy” diets have one thing in common… they include a heavy dose of plant-based whole foods.
Health experts would agree that the most “nutrient- dense” foods can be found in plant-based nutrition. Plants provide the cleanest and most powerful foods on the planet. They provide more nutrition per bite than any other food.
They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients needed to revitalize our bodies and our minds. Our bodies naturally crave these foods since they’ve captured the sun’s wonderful solar energy – which is ultimately, our life force.
The Benefits of Plant-Based Nutrition
- Nutrient Dense – Plants contain almost all the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need as well as carbohydrates, fats and proteins. They are high in fibre, antioxidants to fight off disease and low in calories to keep us at a healthy weight.
- Easily Digestible – plant-based proteins are made up simple protein strains which makes it easier for our bodies to break down. The better we digest our foods, the better our bodies can absorb the nutrients. You can pair up different plant-based sources to make it a complete protein.
- Minimally Processed – since vegetable-sourced proteins don’t require much cooking in order to be safely consumed, their enzymes and proteins remain intact.
- Reduces the likelihood of chronic diseases including high cholesterol, hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes.
- Supports healthy Immune and healthy Heart Function
- Supports a healthy Waistline because they are high in nutrients and naturally low in calories.
- Live Longer & Healthier due to it’s disease fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients. Vegetarians are known to live 10 years longer and healthier than their counterparts.
- Sustainable for the Planet – Plant-based nutrition requires less costs and environmental impact.
Plant-based nutrition isn’t just about eating more fruits and veggies. It also includes good sources of plant-based proteins and healthy fats.
Whole food sources of plant-based proteins include:
- Whole Grains (Oats, Quinoa, Amaranth, Millet, Teff and Brown Rice)
- Legumes & Lentils (Green Peas, Beans). Look for sprouted varieties for digestive support.
- Nuts & Seeds (Hemp, Almonds, Cashews, Pumpkin, Walnuts, Macadamia). Look for unroasted and unsalted varieties.
- Cranberries, Nutritional Yeast
- Superfoods like Chlorella, Goji berries, Cocoa
Whole food sources of plant-based fats would include:
- Nuts, Seeds and Oils
- Dark Cocoa
- Everything Coconut
One of the simplest ways I found adding more plant-based proteins & fats into my diet was to start by adding nuts and seeds into my smoothies (like flax, chia or hemp seeds).
If you prefer the convenience of adding plant-based protein powders into your smoothies, look for the following criteria:
Good sources of Plant-Based Protein powders will include
- Organic, when possible
- Certified Vegan
- Dairy, Soy, Gluten-Free
- No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners
- Raw ingredients for digestive support
My favourite source of plant-based protein powder is Sunwarrior by Raw Elements for all the beautiful reasons stated above. I add one scoop to my Superfood Smoothie to keep me full longer.
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I would love to know how you add more plant-based nutrition into your meals?