WHY PLANT BASED
Fibre, nutrients and high intake of veggies.
You don’t need to be 100% plant based -I’m not; but a few plant based meals a day or week, is a great benefit to your overall health.
In order to make plant based meals satisfying texture AND flavour is paramount. Use spices and herbs, nuts and seeds to create texture so that you feel satiated from your meals.
Giving up dairy is the gateway to plant based and for some it stops there, but for others it’s the entire point to going plant based. I hear ALL THE TIME “I could never give up cheese’ but hear me out. Cheese is super inflammatory and if you are dealing with inflammation then giving up dairy is a great option for you.
There are HEAPS of options that are available to give you that cheesy vibe, without any dairy at all.
- NUTRITIONAL YEAST
Nutritional yeast is a double whammy, because not only is it cheesy, it’s FULL of b vitamins and if you are a female this should make your ears perk up! B Vitamins are essential for the healthy regulation of fertility and hormonal health- and as opposed to some supplements, b vitamins in nutritional yeast are natural and bio-available to the body!
There are so many nut milks available to you- almond, rice, hemp, coconut. I will caution you against Almond because of the environmental impact on the bees, but coconut is guilt free, creamy and full of healthy fats.
CAVEAT…look for milks that don’t have agar agar or guar gum, these are additives that help the milk stay clump free and creamy, but these aren’t necessary and can cause digestive upsets.
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Chicken is my favourite food, like absolute favourite, so the idea of giving up chicken gives me pause, however there are ways to get the chicken vibe, without it being chicken.
Before I share, I want to caution you against fake meats, they are often filler and junk and will take away from your healthy goals. Use extreme caution when purchasing those, especially if you are struggling with digestion.
Jackfruit is quickly becoming the darling of the plant based world, because of it’s ability to be shredded like chicken and take on flavours like chicken or pork. Jackfruit helps prevent anemia, so if you want to go plant based but struggle with iron intake, jackfruit can help and because of the nature of it’s composition, it helps prevent indigestion and improves the natural flow of the digestive systems.
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If you don’t like mushrooms, hear me out! When shredded with a fork, ouster mushrooms have the look and texture of shredded chicken breast. For tacos, salads, soups, it’s so versatile and healthy. You’ll want to add the shredded mushroom, at the end of cooking so it keeps the texture.
Between jackfruit and mushroom, you chicken and pork needs are covered.
REITERATE that fake meats like TVP (textured vegetable protein) are a bad idea. They are highly processed and if you reply on them too much, then your diet will not have improved, you will simply have cut meat out. Avoid if you can.
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Finely chopped, soaked and seasoned walnuts mimic ground beef to a tee! It’s uncanny. Plus you get healthy fats, fibre and a touch of protein. You must soak them or else the walnuts might be bitter.
Again with the mushroom! I make a mean vegan Bolognese with finely chopped mushrooms and my clients flip over it. Mushrooms are an excellent sub for meaty textures while being 100% plant based.
- IMPOSSIBLE BURGER
This product is INSANE. It’s 100% plant based burger but you wouldn’t know it. Tastes like a burger, has the texture of burger, eats like a burger. Now this isn’t an everyday treat, but this will help with the social aspect of plant based, if you are planning to go all in. You can still enjoy a burger at a bar-b-q but maintaining the integrity of your dietary choice!
Plant based eating is NOT a death sentence for flavour, in fact it challenges you to start experimenting with textures and spices. When done right it can also help you rise to your healthiest and highest selves.