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What’s a Plant-Powered Diet?

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What’s a Plant-Powered Diet?

A plant-powered diet is a way of eating that is built upon the basic principle that we should embrace fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains; and limit the amount of meat, dairy, eggs, and processed foods. 

There are so many benefits to following a plant-powered diet, the most important being that this kind of diet is above all good for your health. However, it is important to know that eating a plant-powered diet doesn’t have to mean that you also need to become a vegetarian.

Plant-powered diets are high in vegetables, wholegrain bread and cereals, legumes and whole fruits, yet can still contain small amounts of lean meats and reduced-fat dairy products.

What should you be eating when following the plant-powered diet?

Eating a variety of unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes is key when it comes to maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

Here are some tips to help you get started on a plant-based diet.

  1. Eat lots of vegetables. Fill half your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner. Make sure you include plenty of colors in choosing your vegetables. Enjoy vegetables as a snack with hummus, salsa, or guacamole.
  2. Change the way you think about meat. Have smaller amounts. Use it as a garnish instead of a centerpiece.
  3. Choose good fats. Fats in olive oil, olives, nuts, and nut butters, seeds, and avocados are particularly healthy choices.
  4. Cook a vegetarian meal at least one night a week. Build these meals around beans, whole grains, and vegetables.
  5. Include whole grains for breakfast. Start with oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat, or barley. Then add some nuts or seeds along with fresh fruit.
  6. Go for greens. Try a variety of green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, and other greens each day. Steam, grill, braise, or stir-fry to preserve their flavor and nutrients.
  7. Build a meal around a salad. Fill a bowl with salad greens such as romaine, spinach, Bibb, or red leafy greens. Add an assortment of other vegetables along with fresh herbs, beans, peas, or tofu.
  8. Eat fruit for dessert. A ripe, juicy peach, a refreshing slice of watermelon, or a crisp apple will satisfy your craving for a sweet bite after a meal.

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