Plant-Based Men: Holiday Eating Tips

The holidays are here, which can mean lots of not-so-good food. Here's how these plant-based men stay plant-based during the holiday season.

MBG: What are your favorite ways/tips to eat plant-based during the Holiday Season?

Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser: I think it is really simple because there are so many great dishes you can make for the holidays that is all plant based.  My friend Tal Ronnen has a great cook book called, The Conscious Cook that has plenty of dishes that you can take to any holiday dinner.

Brendan Brazier, Thrive Diet: Personally, I don't do anything different for the holiday season. But if people go to others houses, taking a big salad or other good plant-based meal to share would work I’m sure.

Rip Esselstyn, Engine 2 Diet: Healthy stuffings, mashed potatoes, and gravy with lots of sides!

Rich Roll, Ultraman: Just because its the holidays doesn’t mean you have to veer away from a plant-based diet. There are plenty of delicious holiday oriented plant-based recipes for the holidays that won’t ruffle the feathers (pardon the pun) of your extended family. Vegan mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, pumpkin soup, sweet potatoes and energizing holiday flavored vitamix blends. For those interested, my wife Julie and I will be uploading many easy to prepare plant-based holiday recipe videos over the next few weeks. For info, visit my YouTube Channel.

Mike Anderson, Rave Diet: I eat very simply so I don't have any food preparation tips, per se, although you'll find a lot of them on the internet. The one thing I would say is to eat before you go to a typical holiday gathering. There is a lot of peer pressure to indulge in bad foods. You'll have an easier time resisting those foods if you're already full. If you do eat, eat the side dishes and avoid the main courses.

Bob Harper photo via Shutterstock

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