The popularity of vegan food is ever increasing with plant based eating becoming a popular lifestyle for people of all ages. Whether you want to go meat-free, get on a health kick or just doing your bit to save the planet a plant based lifestyle is the way to go.
A healthy plant-based diet is an eating-pattern low in the consumption of processed foods and should be full of fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins and healthy fats. Any diet including a healthy quotient of organic nuts and organic seeds is a great way to increase your natural intake of protein and good fat. They also contain a great selection of vitamins and minerals making them the perfect way to build healthy muscles.
Switching to a vegan diet means leaving animal derived products behind and switching to 100% plant food. This will naturally lower lowers your cholesterol and promote natural weight-loss. Animal foods are high in bad fats and increase your risk of chronic diseases. This has been shown to decrease your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Many plant based meals are still centred around the traditional structure of some protein, a little carbohydrate and plenty of healthy vegetables. This practice makes for a healthy vegan body making sure you have the right selection of amino acid selection. Stick to nature and stay away from artificially fortified foods by keeping variety in your diet.
For those living a vegan lifestyle the most important ingredient to staying healthy is to include a good amount of high quality fibre. Replace the processed white rice with brown rice and don’t forget the legumes. Beans and pulses have formed the core of human diet for millennia and provide heaps of fibre and protein.
There are many excellent seeds and nuts available to bolster protein levels and they have some excellent additional nutrients too! Chia seeds are especially healthy - they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide plenty of fibre, iron and calcium as well as Omega-3 fatty acids that help raise HDL cholesterol (the good one).
The ancient Romans ate a diet with very little meat and low in dairy products instead they based their nutrition on a steady vegetarian diet made up of lentils and olive oil, plenty of leafy greens with a few fresh herbs thrown in for flavour.
Just because you’ve left the animal products behind and gone cruelty free doesn’t mean that your meals have to be boring. There’s a host of delicious healthy vegan recipes available to the plant food aficionado. Life wasn't meant to be just tofu stir fry or sweet potato patties every night now was it?
Whether you’re a kombucha drinking hipster from bondi or a bonsoy sipping inner-westie it doesn’t have to cost the earth to go vegan. Many vegan groceries a cheap but packed with flavour. This means that you’re not only being kind to the planet but to your taste buds and your wallet too!
Next time you’re looking for plant based foods skip the trip to your local grocery store and get everything you need delivered instead. Doorstep Organics has the ever increasing vegan shopping list including brands that you know and love and others you’ll grow to love.
Here’s some fantastic vegan groceries and remember they’re all 100% plant food.
For a complete meal option Herbisaurus fits the bill.
If you’re craving a nut cheese try the ever popular Botanical Cuisine
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And if you’re looking for a hamburger try the veggie burgers by Organic Village
Lastly for the instant protein fix you can’t beat a clif bar.
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