Incorporating plant-based meals into your weekly diet can help cut down on the negative effects from meat (particularly red meat). It can help you ease into vegetarianism or veganism if you’re trying to make the switch. Or, if you’re just aiming to sprinkle a few healthier meals into your routine for the health benefits, take a look at the essentials of a plant-based meal discussed below.
Essentials of a plant-based meal
First, what does it mean to have a plant-based meal? It’s not just eating salads and leafy greens all the time. It’s an amalgamation of legumes, vegetables, whole grains, fruits and starchy vegetables that ensures full caloric intake. A lot of people worry about getting enough protein or calcium; in reality, you can still get all of these things with a meal that doesn’t have meat.
Benefits of meatless meals
Some may wonder how exactly cutting meat out of their diets can improve their health—what makes it all worth it. Below are just a few ways a plant-based diet can help your body:
- Your cholesterol will go down
- Your inflammation will decrease
- Chances of getting type 2 diabetes will decrease
In addition to the bodily benefits of cutting out meat, it has a significant environmental impact. Farms that raise and kill animals release greenhouse gas emissions and are the leading contributor to the loss of species and land and water.
Tasty Plant-Based Recipes:
If you’re in the mood for something heartier like a burger, lentil burgers are a good substitution and can be more flavorful. Check out this lentil burger recipe, leave out the cheese for a vegan option.
Risotto is enough to warm you up and keep you full during the fall without the repercussions of something like a salty beef stew. Check out this recipe for summer squash risotto, to scoop up the last flavor left of summer.
Who said tacos must have meat? Sometimes less can be more flavorful, and this is one of those times. This tasty recipe uses carrots and black beans as the star of the show.
So many vegan and vegetarian resources can be found at the click of a mouse. Take some time to research the best way for you to ease into vegetarianism or veganism, if that’s the lifestyle choice you’re leaning toward. You can always start with Meatless Mondays and go from there.
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