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!



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?



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?


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.