‘We are what we eat’, is a very cliché phrase to begin with, but nothing could be truer. Never have I felt better in my life before I shifted to a vegan diet. I believe that eating a plant-based diet is the most environmentally friendly way of eating. A plant-based diet may seem boring at first, but this couldn’t be further from truth. I’m going to round-up some recipes for you that are unbelievably delicious and completely vegan.
Guest Post: Plant Based Recipe Roundup
I’ll begin with explaining how you can swap your regular diet for a vegan diet. Most of the options are even gluten-free so the end result turns out to be really good for your health. All the recipes that contain flour tortilla need to be reconsidered, swap your regular tortilla for corn or brown rice tortillas. The food industry has evolved so much since the trend of healthy eating has spiked up. There are fun tortilla options in the market such as spinach tortillas.
You can replace pasta with whole wheat pasta while you’re in the dietary transition phase. Once you see that you are becoming accustomed to this lifestyle, choose to switch to brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta. There’s a variety of rice in the market to choose from under the whole grain foods, and quinoa as well. Look for gluten-free oats for your supply of fibers.
Now I’ll start explaining a few recipes that are great for your breakfast or to have as a snack. Or you can have them at lunch, it’s purely your personal preference.
Salad On Bed Of Whole Grains
The first recipe allows for a plethora of ingredients that you can mix and use. Take small amounts of different vegetables that you have got on hand and chop them up for a salad. You can boil and/or stir fry any whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet or barley and toss the salad on the bed of grains. You can opt to mix some roasted potatoes (or sweet potatoes, as I prefer).
I love to season the grains with some white pepper and chili flakes, but it’s entirely your personal preference. Apple Cider Vinegar is very beneficial as well.
This recipe is for the days when you get back home from work and you’re too tired to cook, tempted to order Chinese. Instead, make a bit of effort and toss a bag of frozen vegetables in some olive oil, add some teryaki sauce and a little brown sugar. You can serve this with any grain or add some edamame for extra protein.
A Vegan diet is not limited in options once you learn the science of food and figure out how different combinations work.
Your favorite snack and meal does have a vegan version. Warm a few pieces of Spinach Raw Wraps or Brown Rice Tortilla in microwave between a couple of sheets moist paper towels. Stir some chickpeas in a bit of oil with cumin and pepper. Assemble the tacos by putting the beans on crisp wraps and topping with some lettuce, pickles and sliced avocado. Voila! Your vegan tacos are ready to be eaten.
PB + Jelly Sandwich
Every now and then I get to enjoy a PB + Jelly sandwich whenever I’m running late for work. It’s my go-to breakfast. I mostly opt for a PB + banana sandwich with whole wheat bread because it is a healthier option. This is a vegan version everyone likes.
Sometimes on weekends, I even make homemade peanut butter, it’s fun and I find it more reliable, but there are also good brands you can rely on.
A perfect breakfast or post workout option, you can basically have a smoothie any time of the day. Green smoothie basically means a blend of any vegetables or fruits (natural foods), you can add nuts or butter for added texture in smoothies.
Diet is one pillar of good health, the other is staying active and working out. I find that combination of a healthy diet and some strength training works well. Get yourself some dumbbells so you can work out at home. I hope these tips help you transition to a vegan diet easily.
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Ida Jones is a mother of two little ones. She enjoys home-based workouts, cardio exercises, and long runs. She loves spending her vacations outdoors with her kids around nature. She believes in clean and healthy eating. She regularly writes about fitness tips and much more at Fitness Grit.
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