The Benefits of Eating More PlantsYour Health
When you up your intake of whole, natural ingredient, plant-based foods, you’re likely reducing your consumption of unhealthy processed foods, which is always a win. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre, all of which are essential for good mental and physical health. Plant-based diets have proven to support weight loss, help balance blood sugar levels, lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. It also aids in the prevention and treatment of critical illnesses including certain Cancers, Heart Disease, cognitive decline and Type 2 Diabetes.
Adopting sustainable eating habits helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and land used for factory farming, which are all factors in global warming and environmental degradation. The current Western diet (high in meat and processed foods), and its farming practices, are not sustainable. For example, beef is 100 times more emissions-intensive than legumes. Cows also emit the greenhouse gas methane during digestion, which makes them especially high-emitters.
It is undeniable that the methods used in animal factory farming are inhumane. While we respect each person's right to following a diet that's right for them, we strongly advocate for both the education on—and choosing from—sources which prioritize the fair treatment of all living beings. You vote with your purchasing decisions, so please consider the impact of your choices. If you can't afford to choose naturally and ethically raised meats, consider reducing how much you're eating and go for quality over quantity.
8 Tips for Starting a Plant-Based Diet
1. V6 it: If you’re not into cutting animal products out entirely, trying going vegan until 6 PM every day.
2. Veggie-Load: With meals that include animal proteins, fill at least half your plate with vegetables (go for a rainbow of colours to max the nutrients), another quarter with grains, then a small portion of meat/fish.
3. Re-think Meat: Instead of making meat the main feature, go for smaller—2oz to 3oz—portions (about half the size of the palm of your hand).
4. Ditch Dairy: The taste of nut milks and cheeses has come a long way. Cashew, coconut and oat mylks are some of our faves. Try experimenting with nut-based cheeses when cooking and entertaining (an estimated 3 in 10 people are now following a vegan or vegetarian diet, so guests will love it, too).
5. Get into Good Fats: Great sources include coconut, olive & avocado oils, olives, avocados, plain nuts, all natural nut-butters and seeds (chia, hemp, pumpkin are fantastic salad toppers and smoothie/oatmeal boosters).
6. Boost Your Breakfast: Try subbing tofu or tempeh for eggs in scrambles, add veggies to your smoothies (e.g., spinach, kale, cauliflower), get into iron-rich boosters like spirulina & chlorella (great in tropical smoothies), and try flax-egg in baking.
7. Get Cooking: You’d be surprised how comparable tofu, chickpeas and tempeh can be as a sub-in for meat, especially in batch-style dishes—think meatless chilis, sauces, soups, and alternates for chicken (hello Cauli-wings!).
8. Get Educated: There is learning to be done on the types of foods and combining ingredients to ensure your body absorbs plant-based proteins and other nutrients. Take some time to understand what your body needs to get complete nutrition from a plant-based diet.
Pro Tip: Check the nutrition labels of meat and/or substitute products like veggie dogs, burgers, sausages and cheeses. They are often loaded with preservatives and highly processed, which means treated as an ‘occasional food’, not something you eat on a regular basis.
Blended For Plant-Based
Blended For You smoothies are developed with a mission to help every person enjoy, and benefit from, a healthy diet. We're your one-a-day, mega-nutrient packed smoothie habit that helps you be strong, keep your energy levels up, get essential nutrients from whole foods (while reducing the number of supplements you may be taking) and support specific health goals & hurdles. Our blends are 100% plant-based and include healthy fats and protein for balance.
An important part of going to a plant-based diet is making sure you're eating enough of the right foods, in the right combinations, for both essential nutrient intake and absorption.
One of our top tips: The absorption of plant-based iron is boosted when paired with a source of vitamin C.
Looking for a blend that is perfect for your one-a-day smoothie when following a vegan, plant-based diet? The Greens Daily Dose is your match. It's brag sheet includes the following RDIs:
Vitamin A 320%, Vitamin B12 150%, Vitamin B6 25%, Vitamin C 150%, Vitamin K 500%, Iron 80%, Folate 45%, Magnesium 20%.
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