You may be hearing the buzz word “plant-based nutrition” tossed about a bit more these days, but what exactly is plant-based nutrition?
Plant-based nutrition is the movement encouraging folks to incorporate more fresh produce, whole grains, legumes and nuts into their diet. From meatless Mondays, to vegan breakfasts, people are beginning to recognize the benefits of plant-based nutrition.
TIP #1: Go Green! The Benefits of Plant-based Nutrition
Plant-based nutrition is good for you and for the planet!
Good for You
A diet that incorporates more plant-based foods is shown to be higher in dietary fiber and lower in saturated fats and calories when compared to diets higher in meat and dairy intake.1 Eating more plant-based foods may also help maintain healthy heart function, 2 blood sugar levels3 and cholesterol.4
Good for the Planet
The production of plant-based products has proven to be an environmentally sustainable enterprise. By reducing the production of animal-based products and increasing the consumption of plant-based products, communities can lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce waste and energy usage.
TIP #2: Try Something New! Incorporate Plant-based Proteins
You heard that right—plant-based proteins! By incorporating legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains into your diet you can achieve the recommended daily value of protein.
Plus, today there are so many complete, multisource, plant-based protein powders to help you boost your protein intake. On your next trip to Sprouts, be sure to ask our friendly and knowledgeable Vitamin Department team members about the plant-based protein powders that will fit your lifestyle and nutritional needs.
TIP #3: Simplify! Make Easy Plant-based Meals
So now you’re asking … How easy is it to cook plant-based meals, and are they tasty? The good news is the web is chock-full of delicious plant-based recipes! Below are just a few plant-based recipes from some of our favorite brands for plant-based nutrition. Enjoy!
- Chickpea Flour Omelet with So Delicious Dairy Alternatives
- The Ultimate Green Smoothie with Vega One Nutritional Shake
- Southwest Quinoa Bowl with Silk Dairy Alternatives
- Creamy Cauliflower and Spinach Soup with Earthbound Farm Frozen Veggies
1 2015 Scientific Report – U.S. Dietary Guidelines http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/pdfs/scientific-report-of-the-2015-dietary-guidelines-advisory-committee.pdf
2 Current-Atherosclerosis-Reports 2015-Scientific-Report – U.S.-Dietary-Guidelines
3 Diabetes Care – Type of Vegetarian Diet, Body Weight and Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes
4 Vegetarian Diets – Journal of the American Dietetic Association