Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

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First let’s get clear about what we are talking about. The term plant-based diet is one that emphasizes vegetables, beans, peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. There are different types of plant-based diets: vegan with no animal products such as meat, eggs or dairy; lacto-ovo vegetarian with no meat but including dairy products and eggs; and lacto-vegetarian with no meats or eggs but including dairy products. You can also eat a plant-based diet without going completely vegetarian. Some people call themselves “pescatarian” if their plant-based diet includes fish or “flexitarian” if they occasionally eat animal products. While vegetarian diets are usually defined by what they exclude, think of what they include—lots of vegetables, grains and fruit. The whole foods plant-based idea does not require complicated instructions – just start to eat more whole, unprocessed foods that come directly from plants.

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Vegan and Vegetarian Sources of Protein

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Protein seems to be all the rage these days. It’s making an appearance in sports drinks, breakfast cereals, ice cream, bread, pasta, and of course energy bars and yogurt. The latest diet trends seem to revolve around protein. Many people interpret this as an invitation to load up on meat, but there are also plenty of protein sources available for vegetarian and vegan diets.

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