“You are what you eat”-the saying is true and those who have made a shift to plant-based food may find themselves cut short on choices. Opening the fridge door and finding food that you can gorge on, is a blessing for those who find themselves short for time. There are, however, ways in which you can invest a couple of hours during the weekend and have a plant-based food preparation plan set in place for the week ahead. A few hours at the local grocery store and meal-preps for a few dinners and lunches will help you glide through the week better, and make life a whole lot easier.
However, that can be challenging, especially for those who are new to this circuit of putting veggies as the center of attention on the plate. We are here to help formulate a few pointers to help you prep your meals better.
What Do You Define As Plant Based
Plant based food means foods that focus on plants being the primary source of nourishment. This doesn’t mean you have to go full-on vegitarian and only restrict yourself to plants and dissociate yourself from animal products. Plant based food means that you can also have animal products in if you want.
This means that although 3/4th of the plate is veggies and greens, the rest can be eggs, dairy and even little meat thrown in there.
Pick The Main Source Of Protein For The Week
While prepping for the week’s meal, having a little of each protein is essential. You must have proteins that have all the 9 amino-acids for overall health, every single day. There are two ways in which you can meet this protein demand, and one is by eating complete protein like eggs, lean meats, tofu, soya and many more. The other way involves combining plant-based incomplete proteins like beans, whole grains, nuts and lentils to create a complete protein.
Add In The Greens
Chop up your favorite batch of veggies and be ready to cook them all out in a moment’s notice. Having pre-cooked veggies also help, especially if you are short on time. That way you can simply reheat them when needed. A big bowl of green salad also goes a long way to help you go through the week. Remember, that a good chunk of your plate must be leafy greens.