Are you ready try a plant-based diet, but having trouble going 100% vegan? Maybe you can't give up your cheese plate or you just want to order the occasional fish plate when you go out to dinner. Maybe you want to be vegan so badly, but it's just not going to happen for you .... right now.
I understand! I was fully vegan and then I slipped back into being a "partial vegan" by occasionally eating pizza or scallops. I'd go back and forth for a couple of years, alternating between months of being partial vegan and months of being 100% vegan. I felt my best physically, emotionally, mentally and morally when my diet was 100% whole foods and plant-based.
My point is that if you sometimes find it difficult to be 100% vegan, you're not alone.
And the good news is that you can increase your vitality by following 10 simple steps to increasing the "sea of green" in your diet! In other words, you can begin flirting with veganism (as Alicia Silverstone would say in The Kind Diet) and find out for yourself if it's really worth it.
10 easy steps to become a partial vegan:
1. Add a handful of greens to every meal.
Fill a huge bowl with organic spinach, mixed greens, kale, or your greens of choice and enjoy.
2. Have a big bowl of fruit for breakfast.
Some ideas: fresh organic strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and pears.
3. Enjoy Meatless Mondays.
This has become a staple for omnivores as well as a fun trend to make plant-based eating a little more enjoyable for everyone.
4. Drink your greens.
Here's an easy recipe to get you started: In a blender, take a scoop of your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein powder (I liked Vega brand), a big handful of spinach, half a banana, and some almond milk. Blend all the ingredients and soon you'll be drinking a thick and yummy chocolate shake.
5. Upgrade your snacks.
I like hummus and veggies or celery/apple with almond butter.
6. Rather than a glass of milk, try almond milk or rice milk.
Almond milk is so tasty!
7. Flirt with faux meats.
For dinner one night, grill veggie burgers with sweet potato fries.
8. Hail to kale chips.
I haven't met one person who doesn't like kale chips. Place a bundle of kale in your oven (with all of the leaves spread out), drizzle it with olive oil, sprinkle on some sea salt and bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees. You'll have crispy chips with a slight kick. They're delicious and healthy.
9. Give Veganaise a go.
It's so incredibly good that you won't miss mayo. My favorite brand is Veganaise by Follow Your Heart.
10. Swap Swiss chard for bread.
Rather than using buns for your burgers, or tortillas for tacos, try using swiss chard (or large lettuce leaves) as your buns and shells. It's a healthy plant-based alternative.
Making small daily plant-based changes to your diet is the KEY to creating a new palate and a simple way to build momentum as you change the trajectory of your health!