The 2019 Oscars made a lot of noise by launching a menu that is every vegan’s dream. This, along with the increased awareness about climate change, health, and animal rights, more people are turning to it for a solution.
Maybe you tried it and quit halfway. Nobody blames you as veganism is difficult for most people. The proper way to start is by going plant-based. Pack your meals with vegetables and learn to do it the right way to jump-start your journey to being a full-fledged vegan.
Mind the Fat
Most people think that protein is the only thing you need to replace when you give up meat. Few consider the reduced fat intake, and those who do believe it’s good.
Removing fat from your diet prevents your body from absorbing some nutrients. It also hinders cell growth and affects your energy, among other things.
Good fats are essential to a plant-based diet and are common than you think. If you’ve ever dined in an Italian restaurant in Utah, you’ve probably been served olive oil for dipping bread. Remember how good that tasted?
Olive oil is one of the many good sources of fats. Avocados, flax, nuts, and seeds are also in the list and are easy to incorporate into your meals.
You can put avocado in salads and sandwiches. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar make excellent salad dressing. Nuts are great snacks. The possibilities are endless when you do your research.
Buy Them Fresh
Visiting a farmer’s markets is a habit you’ll fall into when you’re transitioning. Not only is it the best way to get acquainted with a variety of vegetables, but it’s also your opportunity to buy them fresh. There’s a huge chance you’ll get them at better quality and price than in supermarkets.
Avoid waiting for days before you cook them. Vegetables rot fast, so it’s best to prepare them as soon as you get home.
If you bought a bunch of vegetables that you’re not familiar with, see how you like them by grilling or roasting them first. A lot of vegetables taste great when cooked this way. Once you’re feeling more confident, try your hand at other recipes.
Add Those Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices help in easing you to a plant-based diet. They’ll create the punch in meals that you thought you could only get with meat. Stacking up early on essential herbs and spices will help you stick to this lifestyle.
Basil, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme, coriander, and chives are excellent for fresh and cooked meals. They might be pricey on the market, so you can either find a cheap alternative or grow them. Add chili flakes, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to kick off your collection of spices.
Apart from adding flavor, each has specific health benefits like lowering blood sugar, improving brain function, and boosting immunity. Learning which is which makes your meals more beneficial.
Care for Your Body
It’s not only your diet that will change when you go plant-based but also your perspective on self-care. Learning to make time for researching and preparing your meals is only the beginning of a journey to a better you.