Are you trying to stick to a more plant-based diet but finding it difficult to do so?
Or maybe you’re just looking for more ways to incorporate some fruits and veggies in your day-to-day meals?
Regardless of the reason, we're here to help!
What is a plant-based diet?
Yes, yes, we know. It sounds like we’re describing the vegan lifestyle.
But hear us out, it’s a little different than that.
While some people may choose to become vegans for holistic reasons, people who actively eat plant-based foods tend to do it for health reasons.
Whether you’re just starting out on your plant-based journey or you’re a seasoned veteran, these 5 tips will help you incorporate more plant based foods in your diet!
1) Eat at Least One Plant-Based Meal a Week
It can be difficult to completely cut meat out of your life. Especially if you’re accustomed to eating it everyday!
Instead of going cold turkey, we recommend eating at least one plant-based meal a week.
By slowly adjusting your eating habits to have a more plant-based diet, it makes the transition a whole lot smoother!
Rome wasn't built in a day after all!
Not too sure where to start? We’ve got you covered!
2) Meal Prep. Meal Prep. Meal Prep.
A great way to ensure that you're eating at least one plant-based meal a week is through meal prepping!
Meal prepping refers to preparing whole meals or dishes ahead of schedule.
This allows for any busy individual, be it a student or working parent, to save lots of time and even help them achieve their diet goals much faster!
With meal prepping, you control your portion sizes, calorie intake and the contents of your meal.
When you prepare plant-based meals ahead of time, it makes it easier for you to ensure that one of your weekly meal is healthy, clean and plant based!
The great thing about meal prepping is that there is no one way to do it!
According to our friends at Healthline, you can choose to:
- Cook your meals in advance and refrigerate them
- Cook your meals in large batches and freeze them
- Cook a variety of meals and refrigerate each single serving for later
- Prepare the ingredients needed to make a certain meal, cutting prep time in half
Whichever way you choose to meal prep, we guarantee that it will make your life easier!
3) Make Smoothies Your Best Friend
Smoothies are a great way to incorporate fruits and veggies (yes, you heard me, veggies!) in your meals.
You can even customize them to include just the right amounts of carbs, vitamins, and fats that your body needs!
And believe us, they taste good too!
Need some smoothie inspiration?
Kourtney Kardashian gives us a step-by-step video on how she makes her delicious and ever-so-nutritious berry smoothie.
So good that even your “kids will want to drink” it - Kourtney Kardashian
4) Have A Salad with Every Meal
According to the lead author of the research from the School of Public Health, Dr. Dagfinn Aune, “Our results suggest that although five portions of fruits and vegetables are good, ten a day is even better.”
Needless to say, loading up on fruits and veggies is definitely the way to go if you want to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet!
And I know what you’re thinking - “I always get a salad with my BigMac”.
But is it really doing you any favours?
Your favourite fast-food restaurants might let you replace your fries for a salad but is that really giving you the nutrients that you need?
"Just because there are some greens in it doesn't mean it is going to be appropriate for your goals," says certified dietitian and nutritionist, Gina Keatley of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.
So, if you’re thinking of eating salads with your meals, Bon Appétit has a super easy formula that can jazz up any of your leafy greens!
5) Plant Based Alternatives for Meat
Have you tried all of our suggestions but still find that you’re missing your favourite chicken nuggets, hamburgers or sausages? Don’t worry, the Zoglo’s Incredible team has got your back!
Our Incredible™ Burgers are packed with peas, faba beans and mung beans, giving our plant-based eaters a perfect blend of carbohydrates and legumes!
No more sitting out the family barbeque or settling for not-so-filling sides.
You can have your cake (or in this case, burger) and eat it too!
Next up is our Incredible™ Meatballs!
Stimulated meatballs that look and feel just like real meat. They absorb flavouring very well and can be cooked into limitless recipes.
You won’t believe it’s plant based!
Last but certainly not least is the Incredible™ Cutlet.
We know, we know; deciding on a dinnertime meal can be exhausting.
We’ve been there and have definitely done that.
(Don’t even get us started on the time it takes to prepare it).
Luckily for you, Zoglo’s has a plant-based schnitzel that is sure to please your palate.
This Incredible™ Cutlet is definitely going to leave you craving for more!
And just when you thought our Incredible™ food couldn’t get any better, they’re all halal, kosher and have no GMOs. Now try to beat that!
What are your ways of incorporating more plant-based foods in your diet?
Let us know in the comments down below!