10 Ways To Eat A More Plant Based Diet For A Healthy Happy Life

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Want to know more about the plant-based diet? If you want to get one step closer to being healthier and greener, the tips below will help you!

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Choosing a Plant-Based Diet

Have you ever considered going on a plant-based diet? I have to admit if you would have me choose from a plate of salad and a plate of steak, I think I’ll choose the steak.

Meat is a great source of protein, but did you know that you can also get all the nutrients that you need from plants? In case you don’t, I’ll tell you more about it.

Here are 10 ways you can eat a more plant-based diet and live a greener life.

Disclaimer: I’m not going vegetarian (I don’t think I can) but being a little greener can sure make a difference!

1. Get Omega 3 Fatty Acids From Plants

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Why is it recommended to eat fish? It’s because of the omega 3 fatty acids of course. If you’re planning to become more plant-based, you can start with this.

You’ll be surprised at how many plants there are that are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. These include flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, edamame, chia seeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds.

2. Better Butter

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Butter is a dairy product made from milk as you probably know. So since it came from livestock, technically it should be something to avoid. I know it’s hard but luckily there are a couple of healthier options you can try.

There are tons of glorious vegan butter substitute recipes that are super easy to make.

3. Meat Alternatives

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Meat has always been the best source of protein but it’s always good to stay away from it for some time. You’d be glad to know that there are other sources of protein like tofu and tempeh.

4. The Power of Tahini

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Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seed. It’s used in a lot of recipes but did you know that this amazing condiment is the key to a creamy salad dressing.

5. Non-Dairy Creamy Coffee

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Don’t overlook the little things. If you’re not drinking your coffee black, finding the right creamer without the dairy may be a bit tricky.

Good thing you can make your own version of a homemade coffee creamer using coconut milk, vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup. It will save your morning!

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6. Non-Dairy Milk

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I love milk, especially when I can get it fresh from the homestead. But since we’re trying to be a little more plant-based, non-dairy milk will ensure you won’t miss the dairy version.

7. Calcium Without the Dairy

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Since we’re on the topic of milk, you can still get your recommended dose of calcium from plants. Collards, figs, almonds, broccoli, butternut squash, and plant-based milk are just some of the amazing sources of calcium around.

8. Dairy-Free Spreads

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Mayo on your sandwich has always been the norm. But it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a slice without that condiment. There are plant-based alternatives that may help you enjoy your bread or crackers without the guilt.

Pepper and almond spread, pumpkin seed pesto, red lentil hummus, and smoked tofu and chickpea spread are delicious substitutes that are also quick and easy to prepare.

9. Savory Dark Chocolate

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I’m not going to deny, I’m a fan of milk chocolate, the sweetness, and the flavor! But there’s that complex flavor that dark chocolate brings. So before you grab a bar, check the ingredients.

The darker, the better! And the more plant-based!

10. Eat Cruciferous Vegetables to Support Thyroid Health

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It’s important to know what different effects vitamins and nutrients can have on your health. If you’re thyroid deficient, consider dark leafy green and colorful cruciferous vegetables to support your thyroid hormone.

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A plant-based diet focuses on foods that are primarily from plants. Aside from fruits and vegetables, it also includes seeds, nuts, oils, whole grains, beans, and legumes.

Considering a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you’re completely deserting meat but it just simply means you are adding a nourishing meal to your diet that might help you to become happier, healthier, and to be more active in your homestead!

Are you ready to start your journey to a more plant-based diet?

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