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How did February’s Challenge go? I feel like the month flew by!
This month I’m challenging myself and you to reduce animal protein. If you have read my blog for a while, you know that I am a meat eater and I think animal protein is important for a balanced diet.
My view on this over the last few months has changed. I have done the research and have realized that you can get all the nutrients the body needs with a plant based diet. Still, a full on plant based diet is not for everyone, but maybe we can reduce how much animal protein we consume everyday.
This month let’s reduce how much animal protein we consume. Maybe we try meatless Mondays or maybe we try to go plant based a few times a week or if you’re up to it, go the whole month! Do whatever feels right for you and if you don’t feel up to the challenge, skip it. No judgement here!
Some of my favorite plant based meals include:
Fried Rice – You guessed it, make this recipe without pork. 😉
Comforting Minestrone – This is my favorite plant based soup!
Here are a few plant based tips:
Quinoa and chickpeas are complete proteins. They contain all 9 essential amino acids. Make either one a base for your meals or mix them together and add grilled veggies for a delicious veggie bowl.
Rice and beans together make a complete protein. Brown rice will offer more nutrients than white, but wild rice is the healthiest. I like using the Lundberg Wild Blend because it offers a complex texture. Of course if you’re making fried rice brown will fry better.
Eat complex carbs, not simple carbs. They will nourish your body and make you feel full longer.
Veggies, veggies, veggies. Veggies are very nutrient rich. Introduce kale, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and yams into your diet, if you’re not eating them already.
Experiment and have fun with it. If you come up with a new recipe please share it with me! I’m always on the lookout for new plant based recipes.
Check out the resource library for a guide to the nutrients in plants and legumes.
Let’s do our best this month and be sure to share your progress on social media and tag me @willow_bottom on Instagram or @willowbo on Facebook and use #2020sustainablechallenge so I can see your photos and we can all share the experience!
Join my Facebook Group for the challenge. This is a space to share our journey and support one another even outside of the challenge.
What are your favorite plant based recipes? I’d love to know in the comments!