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Plant Based Diet - Healthy Eating

According to Holistic Centers across the nation a plant based diet is the best way to eat to prevent cancer. They also say it's also good for your waist, which is always a plus! This diet relies on minimally processed foods from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans and peanuts), tubers (potatoes), nuts, and fruits. This excludes all animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy products. That's right, bye-bye ice cream and cheese!

If you are interested in this diet and are wondering if you'd be getting enough protein, no need to worry because you can. Our culture is protein obsessed thus meat is emphasized in virtually every meal. The amount of protein in a typical American diet is higher than what they actually need to consume. Americans tend to eat twice as much as the USDA recommended dietary allowance! Men over the age of 19 only need 56-grams of protein while women are just under that at 46-grams. There are actually plenty of protein sources to choose from with the plant based diet. Included are lentils, split peas, beans, hummus, quinoa, leafy greens, tofu, edamame, tempeh, seeds, wild rice, and tahini. 

If the animals you eat live off a plant-based diet then why not do it while cutting out the middle man? A plus is if you eat a plant based diet you will be avoiding the saturated fats and cholesterol that are in the typical American diet of hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, etc. 

Have you tried Morning Star's Black Bean burgers? They are amazing and are found in the freezer section of many grocery stores. If you're up to cooking a veggie burger from scratch I have found many great recipes on Pinterest.