Chances are you know a little something about plant-based diets by now. Increased awareness around the undeniable benefits of plant-based diets for the animals, environment, and your health has led to veganism being one of the fastest-growing lifestyle movements in the UK, with the number of people identifying as vegan quadrupling from 2014 to 2019.
If you’re interested in moving towards a plant-based diet but don’t quite know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are our 6 Fabulous Freefrom Factory-approved top tips to start eating more plant-based foods!
1. TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME
If the thought of a complete diet overhaul sounds overwhelming, make smaller changes instead. Try setting goals that feel achievable to you; you could aim to eat plant-based for breakfast, swap the meat in your dinner out for lentils or veggie mince, or commit to a couple of days plant-based a week.
2. SWAP IT OUT
Starting off by incorporating vegan substitutes for your most-used food staples provides you with a good foundation, making plant-based eating easy. If you love starting the morning with a latte, try oat milk instead. Opt for nutritional yeast or vegan cheese (made from soy, coconut oil, or cashews) sprinkled on your pasta and have fun experimenting with all the delicious dairy-free ice cream brands out there!
3. REDISCOVER YOUR FAVOURITES
Going plant-based doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up your favourite foods, just discover new ways to enjoy them. All your favourite foods can be made plant-based; from tacos, curries, and spaghetti bolognese to cheesecake, fudge, and meringue. Try making a couple of new plant-based meals a week, or invite some friends over and make a day of it.
4. DON’T FORGET THE FLAVOUR!
A common misconception is that vegan and plant-based diets lack flavour. However, the ingredients that lend non-plant-based dishes their flavour are all naturally animal-free! Herbs and spices (think cumin, paprika, turmeric, mustard seeds, rosemary, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes, coriander, thyme, oregano, and garam masala), as well as condiments like tamari, soy sauce, sesame oil, and nut butters provide your dishes with a massive flavour hit, ensuring you never eat a bland meal again!
5. RETHINK PROTEIN
While we’ve all moved past the notion that protein is only present in animal products, it’s still important to ensure you’re getting enough protein when going plant-based, vegan, or vegetarian. To stay satiated for longer, enjoy a variety of plant-based protein sources like tempeh, tofu, beans, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, nuts, and seeds in every meal. Try black beans in tacos or chilli, white beans soup with spinach or kale, tofu in pad thai with a tamari and peanut butter sauce, nuts and seeds sprinkled on oatmeal for breakfast, and lentils in dahl with quinoa for a warming dinner.
6. SNACK SMARTER
Not being prepared when you’re out and about is often what trips people up when going plant-based. Instead, stock up on your favourite vegan-friendly snacks, like bliss balls, fresh fruit, nuts, and our delicious dairy-free snack packs.