Prioritising Plant-Based Foods

We all know that there is much to be gained health-wise from including more fruits and vegetables in our diets. You do not have to always be eating the latest superfoods in order to stay healthy, and there is an abundance of goodness to be found in common fruits and vegetables.

If you know how great these plant-based foods can be but struggle to include them in your diet, then the following tips can help you overcome this problem.

Learn to Love Salad

Salad is something that you may more commonly enjoy as a side dish than a main meal, and adjusting your thinking on this is encouraged! There are many amazingly filling and super healthy salad recipes that you can enjoy regularly as a main meal. Doing so will go a long way to ensuring that you eat more greens, as well as all the other exciting fruit and vegetables that you can easily include in a salad.

Say Yes to Healthy Snacks

Snacking on junk food late at night is where many dieters find their downfall to be. Making the decision to only snack on fruit after dinner, instead of trying to avoid snacking entirely, is a great way to satisfy your cravings whilst also nourishing your body. Frozen bananas are a particularly good choice for those with a sweet tooth, and they can be enjoyed with a light topping for extra flavour, such as peanut butter or maple syrup.

Fresh Fruit for Breakfast

The majority of breakfast dishes can be very well complimented by the addition of one piece or more of fresh fruit. Try adding berries to your cereal, avocado to your toast or cherry tomatoes to your eggs. Whatever your go-to breakfast dish is, the chances are you will enjoy it even more once it is accompanied with some plant-based goodness!

Mix Up Your Smoothies

Smoothies are a simple and delicious way to consume several portions of fruit and vegetables at one time. If you primarily make your smoothies with fruit then the time has come to throw some vegetables into the mix. Try carrots, beets and fennel to get started!

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

This salad looks fantastic as a side dish to a main meal at a dinner party but can also make an indulgent meal for one! Not only does it look amazing but it will also do great things for your body due to the wealth of goodness found within! Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables that contain a unique range of antioxidants. They are super low in calories at just 28 calories for half a cooked cup! Brussels sprouts are also full of fibre which makes them perfect for digestive health as well as preventing constipation and keeping your colon healthy.

The addition of raisins to this salad not only helps to make it look more interesting but also gives the flavour a nice twist. Raisins are known to improve eye health and the health of your bones so double bonus!

To make a huge portion of this for yourself, you will need the following ingredients:

For the salad:

450g of uncooked Brussels sprouts
2 large handfuls of rocket
A large handful of parsley
100g of toasted pine nuts
A large handful of raisins
A large handful of dried cranberries
1 avocado, sliced or cut into cubes

For the dressing:

Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. of honey
1 Tbsp. of olive oil

Using a hand grater or mandoline, grate the Brussels sprouts and then add the shaved Brussels sprouts to a large salad bowl. You can then add the rocket, parsley, toasted pine nuts, raisins and cranberries into the bowl too. And, of course, the avocado. Next, in a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour them over the salad. 

This is wonderful and delicious salad where you and your guests will be surprised that Brussels sprouts make such a wonderful meal!  I also find that it is perfect for American Thanksgiving too!

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Cabbage, Carrot & Flaxseed Coleslaw

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of different ways to make coleslaw! Having a bowl of it as a side dish to a meal can really up the flavour of your meal but store bought varieties are often quite fatty. Making coleslaw yourself is a great way to keep the calories down and making a completely plant-based version that is devoid of dairy is perfect for keeping it healthy! It is not only delicious but also incredibly simple and you can easily rustle up a batch while your main meal is cooking. Although coleslaw is traditionally eaten with meat dishes, it is also delicious to have with pasta, pizza or even to mix in with a salad.

To make my recipe for two people you will need the following ingredients.

One cup of savoy cabbage

One cup of purple cabbage

One cup of carrots

One cup of mange tout

Two small red onions

One lemon

Olive oil

Raw honey

Flaxseeds

Salt & black pepper

Cabbage_Carrot_Flaxseed_ColeslawThe first thing you’ll need to do is wash and finely slice both cups of cabbage and the carrots. You can either do this by hand or with a food processor. Next finely slice the mange tout by hand and slice your red onions. Simply put all of these ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

Cabbage_Carrot_Flaxseed_ColeslawNext, take another bowl and squeeze the juice of your lemon into it. Add to that four tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of both salt and black pepper. Now is the time to mix in one tablespoon of raw honey before whisking together really well until it becomes creamy. A great way to ensure this dressing is as creamy as possible is to leave the olive oil and lemon in the fridge overnight before you make it! Once your dressing is ready pour it into the first bowl, add a tablespoon of flaxseeds and mix well before serving.

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