Julie from Appetite for Health recently visited the Good Day Sacramento show to talk about healthy eating for a healthy planet. If you’re searching for ways to develop a plant-based diet and eat sustainably, watch this 5-minute video for suggestions that are sure to educate and motivate you!
Here are some key tips from Appetite for Health to help you start a diet that is healthy for your body and the planet:
- Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t mean becoming a vegetarian or a vegan. Following a plant-based diet means boosting your intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains while reducing the amount of meat and dairy consumed each day.
- There are plenty of ways to add more vegetables to your daily diet without feeling hungry or deprived. Julie provides two delicious examples of easy-to-make plant-based meals: an energy-packed super grains bowl featuring your favorite whole grains (like quinoa), your favorite veggies and an olive oil marinade and a super burger that combines beef with chopped mushrooms. The result is a meaty, flavorful burger with half the calories and fat but still perfect for BBQ grilling!
- The biggest culprits when it comes to food waste are fruits and veggies that have “gone slimy” in your refrigerator. When you keep frozen vegetables on hand, you never have to worry about adding vegetables to your meal. Julie uses Tommy’s Superfoods Super Greens when making a frittata, and she explains how frozen vegetables are nutritionally on par with fresh due to being picked at their peak of flavor and then flash frozen.
- A smart way to save money at the grocery store and reduce your environmental impact is to buy your whole grains such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds from the bulk section of the supermarket. Purchasing food with less packaging means less trash, and the added benefit is that you won’t need to buy more than what’s needed.
- Finally, read the ingredient list on your packaged food! The fewer ingredients, the healthier it will be for your body and the planet.
What are some of your favorite tips for reducing food waste and eating a more plant-based diet? Share them with us on social media!