I've been a vegetarian for more than half my life, and eating a nutritious and largely plant-based diet has become second nature for me. But it wasn't always that way, and I know firsthand how challenging it can be at first to eat a balanced plant-based diet. Wondering what following this type of diet really means and how it differs from vegan or vegetarian eating plans? Curious about delicious, go-to meal options—as well as ingredients dietitians recommend you keep in your pantry and fridge? Read on to get all the ins and outs of eating a plant-based diet!
Everything You Should Know Before Trying A Plant-Based Diet
Vegan, vegetarian, WFPB, and Meatless Monday are all hot terms in the plant-based eating realm. What do all these words mean? Get some decoding help in my interview with WomensHealthMag.com, plus learn how a plant-based diet can help you eat healthier.
Also, certain plant-based foods can be beneficial for weight loss. For instance, learn more about seeds for weight loss, and get a list of veggie superfoods. Wondering how to make pistachio milk? And what are the top plant-based protein foods? This is one of the most common questions about nutrition I get as a dietitian.
Is Nutritional Yeast Healthy?
Nutritional yeast is the cheese of the plant-based world. If you're vegan or a plant-based eater, this is a top food I recommend you add to your pantry. Is it healthy? I weigh in via this WellandGood.com post. While I won't be giving up cheese anytime soon, I may be adding a dash or two of "nooch" to sandwiches, homemade grain bowls, and other dishes!
Amy's Recipe of the Week: Vegan Mediterranean Prune Salad
Salads are my jam, so I've spent plenty of time experimenting with combos and flavors. This Mediterranean-diet-inspired entree is a creation I'm quite proud of! Prunes are the shining star of this deliciously sweet salad that also touts edamame, almonds, and roasted beets. I think you'll love this plant-based delight. Looking for other vegan recipes? Give my pizza with mushrooms or my vegan power bowl with maple-Dijon dressing a taste.
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