Want to eat more plants? Try these super easy swaps (AD)
If you’re looking to eat more plant-based foods, keep it simple: what are the foods you consume every day? Are there yummy plant-based alternatives for those foods? Usually, the answer is yes!
When we’re making dietary change, our minds immediately start planning a massive overhaul. But if you want to make it stick, it’s the small changes, over time, that create real success.
Making plant-based swaps doesn’t have to be difficult - or expensive! In fact, simple plant-based foods can often be less expensive, leaving more room in the grocery budget for the important things in life, like chocolate (ha!)
Try these 5 easy plant-based swaps:
-Swap butter for @earthbalance buttery spread. It’s a delicious replacement that tastes and performs just like butter! Use it in your favourite cooking and baking recipes to add a rich, creamy flavour. Click the link in my bio to learn more about Earth Balance buttery spreads.
-Swap mashed chickpeas for tuna in your favourite tuna salad recipe. Add a little extra salt and a splash of rice vinegar to give you that taste that the whole family will love.
-Make an oat latte instead of a regular latte. Oat milk has a creamy, neutral taste that I find most people absolutely love.
-Make sandwiches with smoked tofu instead of lunch meats. No need to cook first - just slice and enjoy!
-Add cooked canned lentils to your marinara instead of ground beef! It’s a family-friendly swap that adds more sneaky fibre to your meals.
There is NOTHING more perfect than a big skillet of garlicky greens…unless those greens are also lavished in the buttery taste of @earthbalance buttery spread. I love Earth Balance because it tastes and performs just like butter…and it’s made with a smooth blend of non-GMO oils.
Nutrient-dense and super flavourful, these garlicky greens make a great side dish, or addition to a grain bowl. I marinated the tempeh with the tempeh ‘bacon’ marinade from my website!
I also love these greens tossed with pasta - or straight out of the pan. I’d say this recipe serves 4 but let’s be real: I can easily eat half the pan myself! They take just 10 minutes to make so you can get your greens on whenever the craving strikes.
Here’s how to make them:
Chop up 4-5 cloves of garlic. De-stem and slice 2 bunches of greens (collards, kale, chard, spinach, or dandelion) into ribbons. Add 2 tbsp of @earthbalance and greens to a large skillet over medium heat and cover with a lid for two minutes to wilt.
Remove lid and add garlic, ½ tsp salt, a good pinch of chile flakes and stir for 2-3 minutes, until the moisture is mostly evaporated and garlic is translucent. Leftovers will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge.
Click the link in my bio for the marinade recipe, and to learn more about @earthbalance buttery spreads!
Folks buy a LOT of enzymes…but where’s the science?
Digestive enzymes are probably the most popular digestion supplement, after probiotics. So you might be surprised to learn how little actual science there is to support their use in gut health.
(Use of lactase pills and alpha-galactosidase (beano) are an exception. We know those work, and why!)
However, a lot of folks say they feel better taking them. So what do we need to consider?
🤔 gut issues like celiac disease can decrease brush border enzymes like lactase (scroll down in my feed for a while post devoted to lactose intolerance). So a little extra support here might help you feel better
🤔 there could be something going on in the gut that is overlooked clinically, like sucrase deficiency - so enzymes would likely make you feel better without knowing why!
🤔 however, you DO NOT WANT to fully digest + and absorb your food. That’s not the goal. Why? Well, indigestible plant matter (AKA fibre + FODMAPS) can be fermented by your gut microbiome to keep it (and you!) healthy
🤔 relying on enzymes to feel better means you are likely not addressing the underlying cause of what’s going on in your gut.
There are VERY FEW human trials to support use for gut issues.
One 2011 pilot (small!) study suggested that enzymes may support maldigestion leading to IBS-like symptoms but it was messy, and not super reliable.
THIS DIETITIAN’S TAKE? Before you go and buy enzymes, make sure you know what’s up with your gut and address’s nutrition as a whole with a gut health dietitian before taking supplements 🌱
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New to plant-based cooking? Or, your vegan meals aren’t as flavourful as you’d like?
I’ve got a few tips to help you re-create the flavours you crave with plants.
Plant-based meals can be just as flavourful as your traditional favourites but it does take time to re-learn how to create those flavours when you aren’t using meat or dairy. The fats in those foods intensify the flavours of the dish, as many flavour molecules are actually fat soluble.
Use these tips and in no time, your plant-based dishes will be EVEN better than your old faves, with some help from a few plant-based swaps, like @earthbalance buttery spread. It adds a rich, buttery flavour and contains no trans-fat.
🌱 Start your dishes with aromatics sauteed in the buttery taste of @earthbalance spread. Garlic, onions, leeks and shallots create a richly savoury base for any meal. Plus, these vegetables contain gut-boosting FODMAPs that help feed your gut microbiome. Paired with the delicious taste of Earth Balance, it’s a win-win!
🌱 Amp up the flavour factor with herbs and spices. Create richness with cumin and coriander. Add a bit of smoke with smoked paprika. Use sazon to bring the umami! Brighten dishes with parsley and cilantro. Use at least 1-2 tsp of herbs and spices in a recipe and when you add herbs, forget the tablespoon. Opt for ½ - 1 cup!
🌱 Salt early, and often. One of the reasons why restaurant dishes taste as good as they do is because every layer is salted. It doesn’t make the dish taste salty, it makes each ingredient more flavourful. So once your onions or mushrooms are cooked, season with a bit of salt and pepper. After the next additions, season a bit more. Then, at the end, taste BEFORE you salt. You may find you need a lot less than you think!
(Tips 4 + 5 in the comments!!)
Visit the link in my bio to learn more about Earth Balance’s delicious spreads!
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The information on this site is intended as educational only and cannot replace one-on-one consultation with a registered dietitian.
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