This time of year we’re all thinking about it: how to get healthy. We believe in the Power of Food and every day we see how it helps boost peoples’ physical and emotional health. It turns out food maintains its power throughout the year, but while we’re all thinking about how to live healthier lives in 2018, we think it’s a great time to consider plant based diets and how a diet with more plants could improve your health in the New Year. We even have a delicious recipe to get you started.
We all know that end of the day, mom was right; vegetables are good for you. Filling your plate with veggies at each meal is only a part of a healthy lifestyle, but people who maintain a plant based diet or eat more vegetables tend to have a healthier body weight and better ability to fend off chronic diseases. In fact, in a study of more than 450,000 adults, those who followed a majority plant based diet that was 70 percent plants (fruits, vegetables, unprocessed grains) had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke than those whose diets centered on meat and dairy.
Plant based diets are also good for our planet. Consuming less meat and either replacing or supplementing with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help reduce your carbon footprint, conserve water and protect animal habitats.
So why are veggies so hard to eat sometimes? Why do most people recognize their benefits and still not eat enough of this nutrient-packed, health-boosting food? I’d guess it has something to do with taste. The good news is, there are countless ways to prepare vegetables that don’t include frying or excess amounts of grease that are still tasty and healthy. Maintaining a plant based diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor.
Each day our team prepares delicious, nutrient-dense food for patients and hospital guests. This plant based dish featuring Red Dahl with Lemon and Sweet Potato pulses with flavor and is extremely easy to cook. This dish is also high in fiber, rich in protein, low fat, inexpensive and is a great addition to any plant based diet.
Check out our other posts for more resources to keep you healthy in 2018.
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