“Nutritious food constitutes the building blocks of growth and development of sustainable health.”
What is meant by “Nutritious Food” ?
Food is a crucial part of your healthy lifestyle which provides energy and nutrition. Without food, people cannot survive which makes people share a close relationship with the food they eat. Every edible food item is not filled with required nutrients. Nutritious food contains appropriate levels of sugar, fats, sodium, etc. It has more minerals and vitamins (micronutrients) that are good for the human body.
What is a Plant- based diet?
A food diet comprises several different food items. It can include meat, vegetables, grains, etc. A plant based diet on the other hand comprises only of food which is a plant produce and which doesn’t include any form of animal ingredient for example: meat, eggs, milk etc.
It is based on fruits, herbs, vegetables, flowers, seeds, tubers, etc. Plant-based food contains lesser amounts of sugar, fats and sodium which makes them more nutritious than animal-based food. Plant-based nutrition is highly acceptable by the masses in order to lead a healthy lifestyle, free of diseases and ailments due to its high nutritional value.
What are the benefits of a plant-based diet or plant-based nutrition?
A plant-based diet comprises mostly greens, microgreens, fruits, vegetables, etc. which are filled with minerals and nutrients. These nutrient rich food items when consumed, improves metabolism as they are simple food items and gets digested by the body easily. Other health benefits of having a plant-based diet are :-
- Improves emotional health
- Improves physical health
- A good source of dietary fiber
- Easy to follow sustainable diet
- Lowers the risk of heart diseases
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Helps fight obesity
- Helps control high blood pressure
- Improves digestion
- Helps with gastrointestinal disease
- Strengthens immune system
- Lowers risk of certain cancer types
How can you start Plant-based Nutrition today?
In today’s fast moving world, even to grasp a bite of your breakfast gets tough in the morning. But in order to maintain this pace and be active, you need to put in some effort with your food. Plant-based diet is simpler than animal-based diet. It requires less time for preparation and does not require a lot of cooking time. Most of the plant-based food items can even be consumed raw.
Most of the plant-based recipes require lesser preparation and are easy to cook compared to animal-based food like meat, etc. Plant-based diet includes more colours available in their natural form which makes the plate look more attractive. You can start your steps into plant-based nutrition in the following ways:-
- Add natural superfoods like microgreens & wheatgrass to your diet
- Stick to easier recipes
- Pick the organic herbs and vegetables
- Add spices to the boring salads
- Herbs are excellent to add taste
- Stews can be teamed up with rice
- Grow your own herbs if possible
- Try making smoothies
- Replace packaged snacks with nuts
- Add seasonal vegetables and fruits to your table