Veganism has taken the world by storm, so much so that PETA Asia named it the second-most vegan-friendly city in the region. While some are doing it to lessen their carbon footprint and save animal lives, others are doing it for health-related reasons. When you look at the risks associated with eating too much meat, it makes perfect sense to venture down the plant-based ingredient lane.
It doesn’t necessarily mean you must give up all meats for good, but replacing some of your meals with fully plant-based versions will serve your health well. The less meat you eat, the less chance you have for heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and many types of cancers.
To ease into a more plant-based lifestyle, it’s suggested you go for a plant-forward approach. That means making plant-based ingredients the focal point of your meals while meats take a backseat. Experts suggest that as you move plants to the foreground, you swap out unhealthy meats for lean varieties like skinless poultry and fresh fish to get proteins.
Proteins in Plant-Based Ingredients
Even if you go all-in and decide to commit to a fully meatless lifestyle, you should make sure you’re getting protein. It’s one of the essential building blocks for a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, plant-based ingredients do have lots of protein. Choosing things like quinoa, tofu, lentils, mushrooms, chickpeas, and most beans will leave you full and satisfied, plus they’ll give you plenty of protein too.
But many vegetables you grab from the produce stand also contain loads of protein like asparagus, broccoli, artichokes, spinach, corn, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Every plant you put on your table has protein, but if you want to round it out for a fantastic meal, combine it with a more filling option. A great example is slicing up cubes of tofu and cooking it with quinoa, spinach, and chickpeas.
Making Healthy Plant-Based Choices
While going plant-based is for your best health, be cautious of highly-processed meat substitutes. There certainly are a lot of things out there that tout themselves as healthy plant-based foods, but a quick read of the label will help you avoid the hype. Even still, going with natural plant-based ingredients, even if you’ve eaten poorly most of your life, can reduce your risk for diseases.
There’s no time better than right now to make a healthy change in your life by adding more plant-based ingredients to your table. If you’re not sure how to get started though, or you wonder how you can make things like tofu taste fantastic, there’s a much easier way to make the switch.
Instead of guessing which sauces are healthy, organic, and wholesome, look for Mekhala products. Our range of vegan-friendly, sustainable, mindfully-produced pastes are made in small batches in Chiang Mai’s countryside to make getting delicious plant-based meals even easier. Grab your veggies and plant-based proteins and add Mekhala for your best way to nutritious meatless meals in minutes!