Going plant-based is a pretty drastic lifestyle choice for many people. It can be tough at first, and even harder if you don’t have your family’s support. While it is true that becoming this is a very personal choice, it is also true that studies have shown, that a plant-based diet, it is one of the healthiest eating lifestyles. If you are the person who does the most food shopping and cooking in the household, it might be time to consider going plant-based with your entire family.
Education is the key
Your first step is to do your research. Look up the recommendations for the average daily allowances for all the essential nutrients for each of your family members. They can vary significantly due to age and gender. Once you have printed off the charts, it will be time to start looking up the best foods for each nutrient on the list.
Superfoods to the rescue
Doing all this research might sound tedious, and it can be, but the good news is that you can take shortcuts. Focus your menu planning on using as many so-called superfoods as possible each day.
Superfoods, as the name suggests, are foods which are packed with nutrition. They also often possess certain health effects beyond their nutritional content. For example, broccoli is a superfood that helps regular blood sugar and digestion and has also been shown to be good for heart and brain health.
Superfoods are more common than you think, and most of them are very affordable and can be found in your local supermarket or even a farmer’s market. There’s no need to spend a lot in a health food store to eat a healthy and balanced plant-based diet.
As you discover the wonders of superfoods and the other tasty items you are eating as part of your new vegetarian lifestyle, it will be fun to find all-new recipes to try. Cook each as is and make notes. Then the next time you make it, you can adapt as you wish to cater to your family’s tastes.
In many cases, you can even adapt your favourite recipes with a few simple food swaps. For example, your chilli con carne can become chilli ‘non’ carne as you remove the beef and add beans or tofu. Your pasta sauce can become plant-based if you leave out the meat and add a teaspoon of dried fennel seeds.
Going plant-based with your family is one of the best ways to feed everyone well for less and show you care about animals and ethics at the same time.