Plant-based grub made of naked ingredients
Lots and lots of studies have shown that adopting a plant-based diet has a positive impact on both the environment and your health. Even if you’re not ready to make the leap to a fully plant-based diet, you can still take advantage of this win-win opportunity by choosing more plant-based meals throughout the week.
I’m no wizard in the kitchen (just ask my boyfriend how many times I’ve burnt stovetop popcorn in the last month), but I’ve begun to experiment a bit to find some easy plant-based snacks and meals that leave me feeling good and full without packaging waste. Below are some of my favorite recipes so far.
Getcha Green On With A Plantain Avocado Kale Smoothie
Personally, I need a hearty breakfast to get me moving. I’ve been throwing avocados in my smoothies for months now because they’re packed with good fats, keep me full, and thicken up the smoothie so I can eat it with a spoon (there’s something about the spoon that makes it feel more like a meal).
The other day I had a plantain in the fridge, got inspired to change things up and surprised myself with how it turned out. Here’s what I threw into the magic bullet (no un-packaging required):
2 big kale leaves
1 scoop of vanilla plant-based protein powder
A handful of oats (measuring cups are just one more thing I need to clean)
A pinch of cashews and a pinch of coconut flakes
I finished it off with another pinch of cashews and coconut flakes on top because it adds some texture and now suddenly that smoothie looks like a real meal. By my math, this smoothie has protein, monounsaturated fat (the good kinda fat your brain loves and can help lower cholesterol when eaten in moderation), and fiber in it. I’m no nutritionist, but that sounds pretty balanced to me. It takes about 5 minutes to make and requires zero trips to the trash can if you pick up the nuts, oats, and coconut flakes in the bulk foods section of the grocery.