Onelife fam, it’s World Vegan Day! If you’re not vegan, no worries, there’s still so many benefits to adding more plants to your diet and today I’ll show you 3 easy ways to do that!
My name is Leena, I’m a Practical Nutritionist, and while I’m not vegan, I’m all for adding in a plant-based day a week and finding easy ways to eat more plants every single day without feeling deprived of delicious food!
Today I’m going to walk you through a full day of vegan eating starting with breakfast!
Being the busy people we are, a healthy, balanced breakfast sometimes gets put to the wayside on busy mornings which is why I love an easy, prep ahead, Chia Seed Pudding.
This one is packed with fiber, fat, protein, and so many vitamins and minerals from the chia seeds! The perfect combo of fiber, fat, and protein is essential to help keep you full and away from the donuts in the breakroom until lunch!
Chia seeds are also an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, full of manganese which helps support a healthy metabolism, and are rich in powerful antioxidants.
The sweet, natural flavors from the banana and nut butter make the chia seed pudding not just healthy, but also extremely tasty!
For lunch we’re looking at another extremely easy, no cook, option with a Mediterranean flare. This Mediterranean Inspired Chickpea Salad is so versatile, simple, and extremely flavorful.
Chickpeas are similar to chia seeds in that they’re perfectly balanced in nature, coming equipped with ideal rations of fiber, fat, and protein. Again, the rich fiber and plant based protein is a sure fire way to promote increased satiety, or fullness for hours on end!
Pairing the chickpeas with tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, helps to increase the creaminess, flavors, and bump up the nutritional value even more. When it’s mixed with lemon, spices, and the veggies in your fridge, you’re curating a meal that has everything you need to feel like you’re a gourmet chef in just 10 minutes.
Dinner is quite possibly my favorite, go-to, meal! Tempeh Thai Curry is packed with spices that help reduce inflammation, have health supporting antioxidants, and bring your meal from “eating healthy is boring” to “I can’t believe I ever ate anything else!”
Believe it or not, simple things like spices, texture, and volume can promote weight loss and overall health without dieting or counting calories. When you think about what you can ADD to your meals instead of taking away, you realize making healthy changes can be a lot of fun and its proven to be far more sustainable than a crash diet.
In this Thai Curry you can swap out the tempeh for tofu, chickpeas, or lentils! A frozen bag of mixed veggies or two keeps this dish easy on a weeknight but you can use fresh too! A good Thai Curry paste can be found at just about any grocery store these days too.
What’s your next plant-based meal?!
Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
Mediterranean Inspired Chickpea Salad Recipe
Tempeh Thai Curry Recipe
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