Happy National Registered Dietitian Day and
National Nutrition Month! I have a lot to celebrate: This summer will mark my 19-year anniversary of being a
vegetarian. I eat a
largely plant-based diet—and while I know my nutrient needs inside and out after following the diet for so long, getting everything I need from food and supplements wasn't so easy for me to figure
out at first. A big trend in
eating simply means including more plants in your diet. Doing so can benefit your health in so many ways: It can reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. It can also
improve your energy levels and optimize your brain health.
While following a plant-based diet can have many benefits, you won't be a picture of good health if you're missing key nutrients. Plant-based eating can hinder your absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, and you may need to consume higher amounts of certain nutrients than someone who regularly eats meat. Don't worry, though! I'm here to help. I'm explaining the science on two special nutrients to make sure you're covering your bases, and I'm even topping off the advice with something sweet! While you're reading, think about sipping my healthy avocado smoothie, full of plant-based nutrients.
A Guide to Vitamin C
If you're coming down with a cold, you may think of vitamin-C-rich foods like oranges. But the nutrient is necessary no matter how you feel. Many Americans aren't getting enough, so don't let this be you! In my EverydayHealth.com article, I tell you how much you need, how you can get it, and what special combos of nutrients will help maximize your nutrition. Find out if you should take vitamins every day.
Your Guide to Iron When You're Totally Plant Based
You know that pumping iron is a great way to build muscle, and you may assume that getting enough protein is the main key for this. But did you know that eating iron does the heavy lifting outside of the gym? From proper blood flow to producing energy, iron is a key nutrient for anyone. Plant-based eaters need a little extra know-how, mainly how much you need and how certain foods may help or hinder absorption. Get the details in my interview with WellandGood.com. Get dietitian tips to make vegetables taste better, then learn how to embrace plant-based weight loss.
Amy's Recipe of the Week: The Healthiest Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Love pudding but trying to eat vegan? Well, you can whip up a healthy chocolate pudding without dairy. And the bonus? This dessert has absolutely no added sugar. You can satisfy that sweet tooth without forfeiting your health goals, and I'd say that's a win-win! Not a chocolate fan? Give this plant-based nice cream a try, and see sweet alternatives to lower your sugar intake.
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