Eat More Plants!
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How are you doing?! Did you have a PRODUCTIVE week?! BRING ON the weekend! WOOO WHOOO!! My kids started back to school this week and it's been crazy busy so I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend :D Remember, it's Friday so at the bottom of this post is another recipe! I'll be posting 1 juice, smoothie, OR quencher recipe every Friday for a year!! Many recipes of DELICIOUSNESS :)
Today's post is about EATING MORE PLANTS!
Every year or so, a big new diet sweeps through the headlines. Think Paleo, Intermittent Fasting, and the Cabbage Soup Diet. Right now, the buzz is all about a "Plant-Based Diet." I'm not 1 to get excited about every diet that comes out but this 1 is a smart way to eat. In fact, I'm going to give it a try! I would LUV some company...want to join me?! :D
The idea is incredibly simple! Fill the greater portion of your plate with plants in their most natural form possible, and consider meat, fish, or poultry a side dish. You don't need to go vegetarian or vegan. There's a difference between "not eating animal products" and "eating more plants." The first approach means you cut things out, which doesn't always make the rest of your diet healthier. Most of us have known vegetarians who eat mostly pizza or vegans who live on french fries ;)
So what counts as PLANT-BASED? Don't weigh yourself down with a lot of rules or restriction and shoot for the following:
HEAP YOUR PLATE with more vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains, plus some seeds and nuts. Let them take the place of some of the animal and processed foods that you normally eat!
DAIRY AND EGGS? Fine to choose them, but if you're eating cheese, don't smother your food with it. Use it more as you would a spice!
CHOOSE A PLAN, IF YOU PREFER (The Mediterranean, Flexitarian, and Ornish Diets all fit the mold.) Mother Nature is the best food producer in the world. No bottle of sauce or secret spice can taste better than a sweet, plump, perfectly ripe tomato from the garden! No watermelon flavored candy even comes close to the real, ripe, juicy thing! Another key reward...this approach may lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It's simple: EAT MORE PLANTS! Aim for a daily or weekly average of 80% plants and 20% dairy, meat, fish, or poultry. Once you've got the hang, see how many ways you can fill your plate with plants!
If you have a favorite PLANT-BASED recipe, I'd LUV for you to share it :D
KEEP READING and get Friday's recipe! It's another smoothie and it's SOOO GOOD!!
HEAVEN SCENT SMOOTHIE
1 handful of raspberries
juice of a lime
8 Tbsp (120 ml) grapefruit juice
- This recipe makes 2 portions.
- For a more refreshing smoothie, blend some crushed ice cubes in with the other ingredients.
- This smoothie is great for ENERGY, IMMUNITY, and SKIN!!!
Nutrients: Beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, vitamin C; calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur.
Have a FABULOUS weekend!
SEE YOU on Monday!!
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Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist