Health and well being

Eating a plant based diet

December 2015 – my diet contained: meat, dairy, processed food, no legumes, no healthy fats, starchy carbs and little to no fruit and veg. I still considered myself healthy. I considered myself healthy even with no energy, mood-swings and a lack of motivation.

January 2017 – my diet has substantially improved. Every day, quantities of fruit and vegetables are consumed, alongside nuts, lentils, black beans and sweet potatoes. Dairy has mostly been eliminated and meat is practically non-existent. I feel much better and it shows physically. I am more confident in myself which as a result, I am now embracing more of what I love.

Sharing tips, websites and meal suggestions; see how delicious and simple it is, to devote more of your nutritional intake to plant-based food.

Soup

 

For years, I have always been drawn to making soup. It’s packed full of vitamins and yet I only ever ate it from a can Then came the NutriBullet.

The recipe books have been my go-to. You do not even a NutriBullet to make many of them. A few key ingredients and I can now enjoy soup often. The left photo is the NutriBullet recipe for tomato sweet potato soup, and the right photo is for the pumpkin and black bean soup.

Plant based meals

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Home from work and not sure what to make? This was a complete experiment which I now love. Sliced potatoes with spices, cooked and then covered in tomato sauce (chopped tomatoes, garlic, onion, spices-turmeric, paprika, mixed herbs), served with a selection of vegetables, pumpkin seeds and black beans.

 

The website “Minimalist Baker” is one I am sure most people are aware of. Her recipes always encourage me to cook and never seem to disappoint. When I made my vegan friend dinner, I was inspired by her “crispy-peanut-tofu-cauliflower-rice-stir-fry”. The NutriBullet recipe book again is amazing and the photo in the middle was made without using the machine. Sweet potato oven cakes served with a cucumber salad and hummus.  Vegetarian sausage is also a nice alternative if you are trying to cut back on meat. I personally believe it goes great with mushrooms and sautéed spinach.

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Olive oil fried carrots and beetroot. An alternative to crisps.

Smoothies

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I covered smoothies briefly on another one of my blog posts. I am not 100% sure on the research behind it, but after drinking, I feel far better. The best smoothies include vegetables. Spinach is superb to blend, in addition to cucumber or kale.

 

Who ever said smoothies are not filling? For a breakfast solution, use oats, cocoa, high fiber fruit such as bananas, chia seeds, pumpkin puree and protein powder.

 

The colour possibilities are endless. For a perfect green smoothie: lime and passion fruit are delicious to add sweetness. Mango and pineapple can make any veg taste good and carrots are also nice when blended.

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If you fancy switching up your regular smoothie, go for a smoothie bowl. Use handfuls of frozen fruit to create and then pour into a bowl with your desired toppings. As a warning, be careful to avoid adding too much sugar on top, such as honey and dark chocolate.

Dessert

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Date balls or protein balls can make the perfect healthy dessert, for when you want to indulge. Mix and roll ingredients such as: ats, dates, protein powder, coconut oil, cocoa, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. After rolling into shape, cover them in desiccated coconut and then let them set in the fridge for a few hours.

For more ideas, I recommend the following websites:

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