This post was provided by our friends at 22 Days Nutrition.
Going plant-based sure comes with its perks. The benefits are endless, from increased energy, to guilt-free delicious foods, to saving hundreds of dollars on groceries and more!
Let’s take a dive deep into some of the perks of starting a plant-based diet.
Plant-Based Diet Benefits
Guilt-Free and Delicious Foods
The beauty of a plant-based diet is that you really don’t have to give up the foods you love. If you typically love foods like pizza, burgers and ice cream, you would be amazed with the variety of delicious plant-based alternatives you can find that taste just as good and maybe even better!
Plant Protein Outperforms Whey Protein
Whey protein powders can leave you feeling bloated and gassy, which is why more people are turning to plant-based protein powders. Not only are they easier to digest, but they are also free of antibiotics, cholesterol, gums and lactose. They can also help reduce inflammation and offer a complete amino-acid profile.
Studies show that people can save up to $750 on food when they cut animal products from their diet. Meal planning, especially, is a great way to organize your meals, save money and waste less food. The convenient 22 Days Meal Planner can help you do just that.
Full Body Health
When you take out excessive calories, fat and sugar, what do you get? Better health, of course! The high fiber content can help improve digestion and may prevent certain cancers related to that area. You’re also getting all of the benefits you get from the many nutrient-dense foods, vitamins and minerals you’ll be consuming. A plant-based diet can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer. It can also help promote overall increased health and reduce your risk of illness. Plus, you’ll be cutting all of the fats that make you gain weight!
Keep in mind, you’re making an impact even if you eat just one plant-based meal a day. You’re contributing to the reduction of your carbon footprint, conservation of water and the increase of more land and resources.
Here are some favorite recipes from 22 Days Nutrition that feature their organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free Plant Power Protein Powders, with 20 grams of protein per serving.
Chocolate Ice Cream
2 sliced frozen bananas
4-6 tablespoons almond milk
¼ cup Chocolate Plant Power Protein Powder
- In food processor or high speed blender, blend together bananas, 4 tablespoons almond milk and protein powder.
- If necessary, add up to an additional 2 tablespoons almond milk to get the consistency you want.
- Scoop into two to three bowls if serving now, or put entire mixture in freezer for one hour for a firmer ice cream. Enjoy!
Of course, you can easily make vanilla ice cream by swapping out the chocolate protein for vanilla.
Tropical Sunrise Smoothie Bowl
You can almost taste the tropical sun when you enjoy this smoothie bowl for breakfast!
1 scoop Strawberry Plant Power Protein Powder
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen peaches
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup plant-based milk (coconut tastes especially nice with this blend)
1-2 tablespoons granola
1-2 tablespoons nuts
1 tabelspoon hemp, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon dried unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup mango
- Place all ingredients into a blender (or food processor) and blend until desired consistency.
- Pour into a bowl.
- Top with toppings of choice.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 scoop Vanilla Plant Power Protein Powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter
½ cup ice (optional)
1 tablespoon crushed peanuts
1 teaspoon of peanut butter
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Serve, top with peanuts, drizzle peanut butter and enjoy!