Updated: May 30
Plant-based is an all-inclusive term that may include those who are fully plant-based, mostly plant-based, or making small changes towards a plant-based or plant-forward diet.
Science has shown us that there are many health benefits to transitioning from meat and dairy to a plant-based diet. Any plant-based additions in exchange for meat and dairy can have a positive effect on health. A plant-based diet is one that centers around whole, unprocessed foods such as whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. The goal with a plant-based or plant-forward diet is to add more whole, plant-based foods or substitute plant-based options for meat and dairy. Below are a few tips to get your started.
1. Do you already love certain plant-based foods? Awesome, you're already on the right track! Select three to five fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts/seeds you love and eat them throughout the week. This can include everyday foods you probably already consume, such as oatmeal, quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower, berries, bananas, almonds and more.
2. If you eat meat with every meal, start with small changes by eliminating meat during certain meals. For example, if you eat sausage for breakfast, sandwich meat during lunch, and grilled chicken for dinner try substituting a plant-based food for one meat during one of those meals. Try tofu in place of chicken, lentils in place of taco meat or one of the new plant-based meats in place of meat-based sausage (No Evil Foods and Field Roast are two of our favorite brands).
3. Stock up on plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you are busy eating fruits and vegetables, it will leave less room for excess calories from animal-based products.