Try a fruit or veggie you’ve never eaten before or prepare a go-to in a new way.
You’ve tackled how to boost your protein intake while eating plant-based — now what about the actual plants? It’s natural to assume that going meatless means you’ll automatically be eating more vegetables. In reality, one of the pitfalls of starting a vegetarian or vegan eating style is the tendency to replace protein with starch (including white breads and white pastas) instead of vegetables as the star of most meals. A common concern people have when they embark on a plant-based lifestyle is that they will get bored. That is one reason people may fall back on, say, a bowl of mac and cheese is that it sounds more exciting than a big bowl of broccoli. The truth is there are far more different types of fruits and vegetables than there are cuts of meat. One study by Bioversity International found that there are nearly 1,097 vegetable species cultivated around the world.
Besides exploring the aisles of your grocery store and local farmers market for new fresh flavors, here are a few more ways to get excited about filling your plate with veggies:
- Use recipes that feature fruits and veggies you already enjoy but in new ways, like this lemony quinoa bowl that features asparagus “zoodles.”
- Turn side dishes like Grilled Sweet Potatoes With Lemony Herb Sauce into a main by adding a plant-based protein like chickpeas.
- Get inspired to mix up your next salad order with at-home recipes like BBQ Chickpea and Nectarine Salad and this Vegan Ceasar.
Meatless Meals Challenge: Day 2 Menu
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