Check out These 3 Tips to Be Plant Based
Consuming more fruit and vegetables will give you a host a health benefits.
For many of you, eating the recommended amounts of veggies, legumes and even fruit is not easy. In fact, a very low percentage of Australians are actually meeting the guidelines for vegetable intake.
The main problem may be that perhaps you just don't know how you can include enough plants-based foods in your diet.
The physical and mental benefits of a plant-based diet:
- Helps promote mental health
- Helps you live longer and be healthier
- Helps prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers
- Helps keep your bowels healthy (and movements regular)
- Gives your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function optimally
- Helps reduce obesity and maintain a healthy weight
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
To integrate plant-based foods into your diet is surprisingly easy. Here are 3 simple ways:
Make small changes
Always remember, fresh is best. When shopping, choose fresh and avoid or limit the processed foods. Find every opportunity to eat a whole, unrefined fresh food ingredient.
The next thing is to start small and change one meal at a time. You can even change one ingredient at a time. This could be substituting your white bread with jam for breakfast to wholemeal or multigrain bread with avocado with a splash of lemon juice.
Know your servings
A serve of fruit is a medium sized piece of fruit such as apple, banana, orange or pear, or a cup of chopped fresh fruit salad. A small fruit such as a kiwi fruit is considered a serving when there is two. Blueberries are low in sugar and high in antioxidants so a whole punnet could be eaten in one serving.
One serving of vegetables is half a cup of cooked vegetables or one cup of salad (for example, veggies you haven't cooked like tomatoes, packed greens and so on).
Eat your vegetables for breakfast
Eggs could be eaten with mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, avocado, onions.
You could also eat your vegetables as a snack such as carrot sticks with hummus.
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