CHANGE FOR NATURE: EAT MORE PLANTS
Making each meal more plant-focused makes a big difference to the planet
We’re proud to be part of the #ChangeForNature movement, which is all about getting people to change one habit in their daily lives so they can tread lightly on the planet.
One of the most impactful choices anyone can make is to prioritize plants at every meal. Eating meat requires livestock, and raising livestock requires vast areas of land, which then becomes home to just a few types of animals rather than being rich in biodiversity and carbon-dioxide-sequestering trees. And, the livestock themselves emit methane, a greenhouse gas. Eating more plants can help scale back on those impacts, helping the planet and your health in the long run. Here’s how to get started!
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Remember Your Why
Making a shift to a more plant-based diet can be a serious challenge, but keeping all the benefits top-of-mind can be really motivating. Eating more plants can help the planet, while also potentially lowering your cholesterol, reducing your risk for developing chronic diseases like heart disease, and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Rather than thinking about eating less meat, focus on getting to eat veggies in new and really delicious ways. Get busy roasting, grilling, shredding and pureeing. Challenge yourself to try a new type of plant ingredient each week. And don’t forget to spice things up, literally. Spices, seasonings and herbs are your friend, and can take plant-based meals from basic and boring to completely delicious.
Phone It In
Now you can access hundreds of plant-based recipes with a single tap of your phone screen. Forks Over Knives is a hugely popular documentary-turned-movement, and their app contains more than 400 plant-based recipes for you to try. You can find 140 recipes on the Oh She Glows app, which is an offshoot of the fan-favorite, plant-based blog and cookbook of the same name.
Mark Your Calendars
Try putting Meatless Monday into your weekly rotation. This is a meal-planning trend that’s helped thousands of people structure some plant-based meals into their weekly routines. And, because it’s right on the heels of the weekend, you’ll have some built-in free time to prep in advance to make a meat-free day easy to execute.
Scale It Up
Once you’ve gotten the hang of working more plants into your meals, think of how you can take it to the next level. Maybe you’re ready to try a vegan weekend, or a whole meatless month. You definitely don’t have to give up meat altogether, but making plant-based foods the centerpiece of your diet is incredibly helpful for nature and has major potential health benefits for you.
We’re positive that you can find a way to work nature-focused change into your days. Here are a few more ideas—find one that works for you, and stick with it!