Lighten Up with Plants!

Lighten Up with Plants!
June 16 2014

Lighten up in the best way possible- by eating light! When we eat plant foods, closest to their natural state (i.e. unprocessed), our bodies truly vibrate at a higher frequency. On a plant-based diet, we can actually eat an abundance of nutritionally-dense food all the while, feeling satiated but light. Here are some helpful hints to fill up with more plants, like my son is doing in the picture above:

  1. Have at least one HUGE salad a day- mixed greens, veggies, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and a light dressing
  2. Switch to a nut-based or rice-based milk- you will have to try a few to figure out which one you like best. Use as a base for smoothies or in dishes you would normally use dairy.
  3. For breakfast, try to eat mostly fruit, adding oatmeal or whole grain toast with almond butter if you need more sustenance. Also, be adventurous and try eating greens for breakfast! Many cultures don’t eat "breakfast" foods but instead have rice, noodles, veggies, etc.
  4. Get to know rice and beans as a staple dish! Dress it up in so many ways with different veggies, seasonings, etc. For a Mexican flair, add roasted corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic and onion with salsa and guacamole. For more of an Indian dish, use chickpeas and add light coconut milk, curry, onions, eggplant, etc.
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