Learn about the health and environmental benefits of Veganuary (a whole month of plant-based eating) with these 5 easy steps.
Veganuary is not just a way of eating, it is a revolutionary organization that pledges to help save the planet, one meal at a time! Veganuary—essentially a plant-based challenge during the month of January—strives to encourage people to adopt a plant-based diet in order to help protect the environment in simple ways that can lead to global change. Research consistently shows that vegan diets are linked with the lowest environmental footprint, compared to other dietary patterns. In addition, vegan diets are associated with health benefits, such as lower risks of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Veganuary, which was founded by Jane Land and Matthew Glover, originated in the UK in January, 2014. As a result of Veganuary, millions of people in 192 countries have been inspired to take the vegan challenge. Learn more about Veganuary in my interview with Clea Grady from Veganuary; and check out my TV segment where I gave my best tips on Veganuary at KTLA5.
So, what are you waiting for? Kick off the new year with Veganuary! You can find so many plant-based proteins in the aisles of your local supermarket. Take them home and explore a plethora of exiting new ways to introduce plant-based foods into your diet. Foods like tofu, black bean burgers, and nut butters are just a few excellent examples of plant-based proteins that can shift your plate.
Here are my top 5 tips to kick Veganuary into high gear. And make sure to check out my Free Vegan Challenge here, which will provide you with everything you need to get started eating a healthy, plant-based diet today!
Top 5 Tips To Kick Into Veganuary
1. Add Some Savory Proteins. The key to a plant-based diet is to base each meal around plant proteins, including tofu, beans, lentils, seitan, tempeh, peanuts, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. Make plant proteins shine on your plate, such as in bowls, pasta dishes, stews, pot pies, casseroles, and sandwiches.
2. Food On the Go! You can’t turn out healthy, satisfying plant-based meals if you don’t have those foods on hand. Set up your pantry for success—check out my FREE Plant-Powered Pantry Toolkit to ensure you have all the plant-based essentials stocked every day. Foods like whole grains, nut butters, canned beans, dried lentils are must-haves in your pantry. Then fill in with fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits to make those recipes sparkle with flavor and health.
3. Get Ahead with Meal Prepping! Meal prepping can be a great way to turn out quick, go-to meals all week long. Just make up a batch, store them in individual containers, then just grab, heat up and enjoy—no fuss required. Try my sheet pan meal, edamame bok choy bowl, or 4-way meal prep to get you started.
4. Skip Fast Food for Your Own Veggie Burger. Try swapping out fast food cheeseburgers for an easy, delicious, home-made black bean burger. You can save money, and reap the animal, environment, and health benefits by doing so! This Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burger is a great start for creating your own new plant-based burger habit.
5. Get Your Friends In. Try the Veganuary challenge with a friend or family member or two. It will make your experience more fun, plus you can share in on your new tips, recipes, and benefits! This Black-Eyed Pea and Ancient Grain Frisee Salad is surefire way to kick off Veganuary! It offers a hearty mix of pulses and vegetables to keep you feeling healthy and nourished. Plus black-eyed peas are lucky for the new year!
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