Eating a more plant-based diet is becoming more and more popular for many reasons. Here at Nutrient Rescue our Shots are made only from plants, so we wanted to talk a bit about how you could start to get more plant based in your diet - if you wanted to!
There is no surprise that plant-based diets are not only becoming more popular but easier to incorporate into modern life.
Maybe you or someone you know has already made the switch to eating more plant-based foods. But what are the benefits of eating plant-based foods? What does plant based actually mean and how can you maintain a plant-based diet?
This month, we would like to help answer some of your plant-based questions for the newbies among us, alongside reaffirming what for our plant-based followers what they may already know.
What exactly does ‘plant based’ mean?
In simple terms, it means making plant based food the centre of your meals. Foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds would all be considered plant based, and so a plant based diet means consuming more of these, and cutting back or removing meat and other animal products such as eggs and dairy.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to plant based. It might mean plant based meals three or four nights of the week, or it could be a total commitment to plant power (completely vegan!).
Why make the change?
People choose to follow plant based diets for a range of reasons, and eating more plant based may provide a range of health benefits including:
Boosting your immune system
Helping you maintain a healthy weight
Increasing fibre intake
So, where to begin?
Eating plant based doesn’t necessarily mean eating healthy. Oreos, hot chips and soft drinks are mostly vegan! It's important you are getting the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins from your plant based alternatives.
Breakfast is a great place to start. Try swapping bacon and eggs for a smoothie, plant based yogurt or veggie-loaded toast options. Checkout our 5 serves recipe for a Banana, berry and chai smoothie here.
Stock up on fresh produce, either from your local supermarket or farmer’s market. Keep lots of options in the fridge and fruit bowl.
Try new ways to make your plant based meals fun, exciting and delicious from eye-catching presentation to flavourful ingredients.
You don’t have to get it perfect right away, but you can gradually make lifestyle changes that build into a long term, positive shift.
Get enough nutrients
Always ensure you are getting some extra plant goodness on the side! Nutrient Rescue shots are a great option for busy lives. We’ve searched out some of the best New Zealand-grown superfoods available, then powdered them into shots to make it easy for you to boost your daily nutrition intake.
We have paired up with EasiYo Yogurt to create our delicious and nutritious ‘5 a day smoothie’, to pack your breakfast with plant power!
1 banana, peeled (frozen or fresh)
½ cup mixed berries
1 orange, peeled and deseeded*
20ml Chai syrup/ 1 Tbsp chai powder - or substitute with ½ tsp cinnamon, pinch of
nutmeg and 1 tsp honey)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened plant based milk
1 scoop Double Shot
*Can also be substituted with ½ cup orange juice.
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and enjoy!
It’s important to keep in mind that a plant based diet may not be for everyone. But, if you’re looking to shake things up in a way that’s good for your health and the planet, then why not give it a go.