Plant Based Nutrition

Meal Prep Ideas to Save Time in the Kitchen

(image from Downshiftology) Save Time, Money and Set Backs with this Meal Planning System from under 2 Hours a Week.   When it comes to healthy eating, following a new eating plan or starting any new challenge, preparation is the key to success.     Those Girl Guides are onto something there.   In fact, one study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine suggests that spending time on preparing and cooking meals at home is linked with better dietary habits for the long term.   But if you love the convenience of prepackaged foods and restaurant meals, it might be hard to go cold turkey on your take-out routine.   Luckily, planning and preparing your meals ahead of time will make healthy choices a no-brainer. Instead of running to the deli for a cold cut calorie bomb, you’ll have a home cooked feast on hand that can be heated up faster than you can walk two blocks. (Leaving you with more time to squeeze in your daily training or walking !)   And hey, you’ll save money while you’re at it.   Plus, if you’re intimidated by cooking, there are tons of sneaky tricks that can help make assembling...
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[VEGANUARY] What are the health benefits of following a plant based diet?

What is a Plant-Based Diet?   The simple answer, of course, is that you eat plants. You start to eliminate animals and (eventually) animal products like dairy and eggs. The less simple answer is there is an abundance of plant foods that most people never eat, and eating a plant-based diet means you might widen the variety of foods you eat. For example, some of my favorite foods include: tempeh, tofu, kale, broccoli, quinoa, ground flaxseeds, ground chia seeds, raw almonds and walnuts, raw almond butter, olive oil, all kinds of berries, figs, avocados, tomatoes, lentils, black beans, spirulina, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, almond milk, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, mangoes, pineapple, garlic, chai tea, brown rice, rye bread, brown rice, steel-cut oats. Since I went 100% plant-based (and being a vegetarian for 23 years I have only been truly plant based for the last 10 years and even vegan for a year), I’ve noticed a much higher sense of well-being overall, along with other health benefits. I also haven’t suffered from a protein shortage or calcium deficiency either, in case you’re one of the many who worry about this issue.  In fact, I've built strength and muscle during this time.  ...
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