-BETHAN HAMILTON, NUTRITIONIST
It's true that plant-based eating is a hot topic right now. Be it for health, sustainability, or simply giving something new a go, many of us are taking more notice of the type of food we feed our bodies. Registered Associate Nutritionist and National Educator at Vega®, Bethan Hamilton, shares her simple tips to add more plant-based foods to your active lifestyle.
Step one is simple. Work your meal around plant-based ingredients, instead of using them as an afterthought. This is one easy way to add much-needed fibre, vitamins and mineral content to each mealtime.
A personal fave is to whip up a veg-based bolognese. Or, if I’m wanting a nutrient-rich grab’n’go brekkie, I’ll use Vega® Essentials as a base in a smoothie: Whizz this up with a frozen banana, a couple of dates and some almond drink – and you’ll have a banoffee pudding to go!
2. SNACK O'CLOCK
If you’re battling those hunger cravings in between meal times, snack o’clock is an ideal time to embrace plant-based.
My go-to snack is some chopped carrot sticks dipped in nut butter. Or, celery dipped in nut butter. Or, medjool dates dipped in nut butter (it’s like a dessert). Can you tell I love nut butter?
Alternatively, one fab veg for snacking on is a raw, sweet bell pepper. I’m not kidding… a raw red pepper is delish - and did you know that it has more than double the vitamin C of an orange?
3. LOVE THY FREEZER.
No one likes a mushy apple. So, nip that problem in the bud and stock up the freezer in advance. Add some chopped frozen apple into a bubbling porridge (and with the addition of a scoop of Vega® Vanilla Clean* Protein - you’ve got yourself an apple pie, prooats sensation!).
Likewise, freeze your leftover veggies, and when you’re next using the wok to whip up some kitchen magic, add them to a stir fry. Waste not, want not. Easy!
There are so many plant-based alternatives now, I’m constantly inspired! It also makes plant-based swaps really simple. When whipping up your next prooats, why not stir in a plant-based drink like almond or coconut? Or, top that pancake stack with a dollop of coconut alternative to yoghurt (and nut butter, of course).
As touched on, savoury dishes can also be really satisfying without meat. Next time you’re making a curry, swap the meat for chickpeas. And, if you’re feeling even more rebellious, switch the butter for an avo. Had you thought of that one?
COMPLETE MULTISOURCE PLANT-BASED PROTEIN
Many people (especially if they take part in a lot of physical activity) worry that they can’t get all of their protein needs from a plant-based diet. Yet – and this is something I’m pretty passionate about(!) – you can get your essential protein building blocks by including a range of veggies, beans, nuts, seeds and wholegrains in your diet.
If you’re time poor, a simple way to add this protein is to incorporate Vega® into every day. Vega® Clean* Protein is a complete, multisource blend of premium plant-based protein made from pea, hemp, alfalfa and pumpkin; and Vega® Essentials is high in protein made from a complete multisource plant-based blend of pea, flaxseed and hemp.
There you go. Are you sold? Give plant based a go – I dare you!
*At Vega®, clean* means: non-GMO, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, gluten-free, non-dairy ingredients. A varied balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle is recommended for good health.