You’ve sifted through food articles, the Veestro blog, scientific studies, and even controversies, and you’ve finally decided to go plant-based. Suddenly it seems you’re venturing into totally new territory- different meal planning, recipes, flavors, nutrition, and caloric values. Where do you even start?
Try these 10 tips for a seamless transition. Gradually, new habits will replace the old, and in time, the positive results may inspire you toward a full-fledged, plant-based lifestyle.
- Fix Your Own Favorites More Often
Good news! You’re already halfway to your goal, because the truth is, you’ve always prepared plant foods—maybe a caprese salad, Buddha bowl, or pizza margherita and assorted side dishes. Just dust off your recipe box and rotate the plant-based recipes back onto your plate more often. After all, they’re tried-and-true favorites you already love.
- Break Open the Cookbooks
Take time to browse through your cookbooks for plant-food ideas, or click through the online recipes at Plant-Based Cooking, Center for Nutrition Studies, and Tastemade for inspiring meals. Or head down to the local health-food store to explore.
- Stock Up on Plant-Based Snacks
It’s as easy to grab an energy bar as it is a candy bar. Keep tasty veggie snacks in the kitchen and kids’ lunchboxes—fruits, nuts, raw vegetables, bean soup, and nut butters or hummus on whole-grain crackers. For a quick breakfast, blend a soy smoothie.
- Sip Smoothies
Don’t want to cook? Eating on the go? Smoothies provide a simple solution, and are packed with fiber, antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats—all blended in one delicious meal. Try different smoothie recipes or create your own. Even simpler, grab a Veestro juice.
- Do Meatless Monday
- Pick Plant Proteins
Plant proteins are better for you. Tempeh, edamame beans, and tofu are excellent high-protein substitutes for nonveg sources. Want to eliminate eggs from your diet too? Try plant-based egg replacements.
- Reduce (or Drop) Dairy
For drinking and cooking, replace cow milk with plant milk. You’ll get all the calcium and protein you need, plus vitamins and minerals. Non-dairy products like soy, almond, and rice milks are especially nutrient-rich.
- Love Legumes
The multi-talented legumes (beans, lentils, peas) are high in fiber, carbs, protein, vitamins, and minerals. So let them play a starring role at your table for substantial, satisfying meals that won’t let you walk away feeling hungry.
- Add Grains, Seeds, and Roots
The plethora of protein-rich grains (wheat, oats, barley) and seeds (flax, sunflower, sesame) found in whole-grain pastas, seedy breads, and rustic desserts provide the best sources for protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Gluten-free? Root vegetables are an awesome alternative. Replace white potatoes with nutrient-dense sweet potatoes and yams, and don’t forget roots like turnips, beets and, of course, carrots.
- Make Life Easier!
Have a gourmet chef help with the cooking—add Veestro plant-based meal delivery to your plan, and make your transition even easier. Convenient meal packs and weight-loss plans bring you balanced, organic, plant-based dishes to simply heat and eat.
Leslie Beck, Tips for Making the Switch to a Plant-Based Diet, The Globe and Mail
Vera Churilov, Plant-Based Diet for Beginners: How to Get Started, MBG
Eva Lantsoght, How to Switch to a Plant-Based Diet, PhD Talk