One of the rocketing food trends of the new decade that isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, is plant-based eating. And, whether you’re an impassioned carnivore or not, it’s certainly worth some serious consideration. Because even if you have no interest in becoming a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian, an all-new flexitarian lifestyle might just suit you perfectly!
The fundamentals of this concept are to eat proportionately more vegetables than animal proteins. So whether you include smaller quantities of meat in your daily diet or only eat it once a week, it’s non-judgmentally up to you!
Research shows that extreme consumption of meat puts you at risk of heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a myriad of other unpleasant medical complications and, as stressful living is also on the increase, there’s a greater need to look more closely at what we put into our bodies.
While cutting down on or eliminating meat is heading in a healthier direction, it’s important to know that there is such a thing as “vegan junk food”, so please note that a continual french fry frenzy is not a viable solution!
Omitting protein from one’s diet is also dangerous as it’s one of the fundamental elements to maintaining and developing our bone and muscle health. But it might surprise you to learn that there’s a wealth of convenient “green protein” options out there including: nuts, seeds, tofu, chickpeas, quinoa, most legumes, mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, sprouts, corn, potatoes, peppers and spinach, to name a few.
While it may seem daunting to begin with, making the transition to consume more plant based food is easier than you think and there are a multitude of truly delicious recipes available out there that might make you forget about meat entirely. Some of our favourites encompass cauliflower roasts, melenzane, lentil bobotie, mushroom ragout, beetroot, butternut & olive salad and chilli bean nachos. You really can’t go wrong with any of those!
So take the plunge and do it slowly… “Meatless Mondays” are a very good place to start. And, to help you along, have a look at Chef’s Depot’s range of peelers, salad dryers, juicers, cutters, mills, mandolines, colanders and graters…everything you might need to make your vegetable adventure complete.