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Monday, February 13, 2017

Moving to a More Plant-Based Diet

Moving To a More Plant-Based Diet
One way to eat healthy is by incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Start slowly and learn as you go.
Start slowing by replacing one or two meals a week with vegetarian options.
Incorporate legumes which are high in fiber, carbohydrates, and protein. Legumes help with satiety, balancing blood sugar, and maintaining weight and energy.
Look for opportunities to make snacking more plant based. Hummus is a great spread on toast or crackers that can be layered with cucumbers, sprouts, and tomatoes. Add your favorite herb for a flavor burst.
Smoothies are a great way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals and snacks. Blend a banana with kale or spinach, some almond butter and apple juice for a green smoothie. 
When eating out, look for plant- based options.
Eat a wide range of colorful, whole plant foods. Keep it simple with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legume, nuts, and seeds.
Experiment with vegetarian versions of your favorite recipes.
Know your nutrients, so that you continue to eat a wide variety of nutrients during the week.
Whole grains are great plant-based foods. There is an excellent variety of whole grains so give them a try.

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