Eating plant-based foods can reap a lot of benefits. While a strictly plant-based diet is unnecessary, the more plant-based foods you eat, the better you’ll feel. Swapping animal products and processed foods out for healthier choices like veggies, fruits, beans, peas, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds is just a start. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should make the swap and how to do it without feeling like all you’re eating is, well, plants.
It Helps You Lose Weight(And Feel Full)
Many plant foods have just 10-50 calories per cup. They’ll save you calories and make you feel full as they’re packed with nutrients that can reduce blood sugar levels and reduce hunger. One way to get more plant-based foods in your diet is to cook all of your meals. It’s not as difficult as you’d think, and you’ll be able to control what’s going into your body.
It’s Good for Your Health
Eating a plant-based diet can do wonders for your health. Reversing heart disease is one of its benefits and it can even lower your risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Fenugreek seeds, which come from the fenugreek herb, has a very long list of health benefits. Just a tablespoon of the seeds is packed with 2.5 grams protein, 2.7 grams fiber, and 21 milligrams magnesium. Plus, they help defeat numerous digestive problems, heart conditions, and inflammation in and out of the body.
HBS Tip: Fenugreek seeds add flavor and spice to food, so use them as an ingredient in your next spicy dish!
It’s Good for the Environment
Animal products are the highest producers of greenhouse gasses. It takes a lot less water and energy resources to just eat grain, fruits, and veggies. If you’re having a tough time finding plant-based foods that appeal to your taste buds, try drinks/foods, like V8s, that taste great and have all the nutrients you’re looking for.
HBS Tip: More of a dairy lover? Ripple Milk, a dairy-free plant-based milk, is rich and creamy and tastes just like(or better than) the real thing. It’s 100% dairy-free, vegan, nut-free, lactose- and gluten-free and has more calcium, iron, vitamin D than dairy milk. Plus, it has half the sugar!