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A Guide for Families Eating More Plant-Based Meals

Jason Hughes
Published by Jason Hughes
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: May 31, 2022

Making the switch to a plant-based diet can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be! In this guide, we will provide tips and advice on how to make the transition successful for your whole family.

We'll cover everything from what foods to focus on, to meal ideas and considerations before starting. So whether you're just getting started or you've been eating plant-based meals for a while, this guide has something for everyone.

What Do Plant-Based Meals Mean?

Plant-based meals are based on vegetables and fruit and do not contain any meat proteins. This means you'll have to get rid of all the processed meats and stick with something a bit healthier.

Sticking with organic foods is a great way to increase the quality of your meals without having to add anything extra.

When people are beginning to eat plant-based meals it helps to understand exactly which foods are available.

Most families make the mistake of thinking that when you go plant-based it means you have to sacrifice a ton of flavor.

That's not the case though because most vegetables and fruits can be made in a number of different ways that are all delicious.

Plant-based meals are based on vegetables and fruit and do not contain any meat proteins.

This means you'll have to get rid of all the processed meats and stick with something a bit healthier.

Sticking with organic foods is a great way to increase the quality of your meals without having to add anything extra.

The Benefits of Plant-Based Meals

There are a ton of benefits that come from eating plant-based meals.

You'll find that you have more energy, you'll sleep better, extend your life expectancy, and your skin will clear up.

This is all thanks to the increase in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you'll be getting from plant-based foods.

Not only are you doing something good for your body but you're also doing something good for the environment.

Eating plant-based meals reduces your carbon footprint and helps to reduce pollution.

This is good enough when just one person does it but when the entire family moves over to a plant-based diet then it has a significant impact on the rest of the world.

Eating Plant-Based Breakfast

Breakfast may be one of the easiest meals of the day to transition into being a plant-based diet.

That's because there are a ton of common meals you can have without using any animal protein at all.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Smoothies are a great way to start your day. You can pack them full of fruit and vegetables and they're really easy to make.
  • Overnight oats are another great option. They take a bit of time to prepare but you can make a big batch that will last you all week.
  • If you're looking for something a bit more savory then try a chickpea omelet that will look just like the real thing.

You don't have to change much for breakfast when you're switching to plant-based meals and some are simple enough to set up for the kids before school.

You can add a ton of ingredients to yogurt bowls and smoothies so your kids can get all the nutrition they need.

Eating Plant-Based Lunch

Lunch is an interesting meal because you can make something new and fresh or you can simply take your plant-based dinner leftovers and reheat them.

If you do choose to make something new, then consider a few of these recipes:

  • A big salad is always a great option. You can add in any vegetables you have and top it with a delicious dressing.
  • Soup is another easy meal to make that's perfect for lunch. You can batch cook it on the weekends and reheat it during the week.
  • Black bean burgers are a fantastic plant-based alternative to traditional hamburgers.

What's perfect about plant-based lunches is that you can prepare them ahead of time and just have everyone grab themselves a plate whenever they're ready.

A big bowl of vegetarian chili can last you all week and is always better the next day.

Batch cooking your lunches on Sunday when you have some extra time will help save your life throughout the week when things are busier.

Eating Plant-Based Dinners

This is where you can really let your plant-based culinary skills shine. Dinners are the centerpiece of any family bonding time and you can impress everyone with your delicious plant-based meals.

Here are a few options to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Roasted vegetables are a fantastic way to show off the natural flavors of veggies.
  • Risotto is a great option if you want something a bit more filling. You can make it with vegetable broth and add in any veggies you like.
  • Curry is another excellent option that's perfect for cold winter nights. You can make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for another meal.

Plant-based dinners can be just as filling and satisfying as any other meal. You'll find that you don't miss the meat at all when you have such delicious options to choose from.

You can even take over a few meals to some family or friends for a get-together and test your plant-based meals on others.

FAQs

What are some high lysine low arginine vegan foods?

Some high lysine foods are beans, legumes, lentils, quinoa, seitan, and soy products. Low arginine foods include fruits and most vegetables.

What are the best vegan grocery stores?

Whole foods and Trader Joe's are some of the bigger grocery stores that have large selections of vegan food and local co-ops often have big selections of vegan food.


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