I often hear from friends and clients that they love following a vegan or vegetarian diet in the summer but they struggle to remain plant-based once the colder months roll in.
I completely understand why. In the spring, summer and early fall the farmers markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables and the warmer temperatures make smoothies, salads and raw vegan treats seem all the more appealing. Once we start transitioning into late fall and winter our bodies start to crave warming, hearty, protein-heavy foods and a cold smoothie just won't cut it when it's snowing outside.
Fortunately there is a way to feel your best in the winter while remaining plant-based. They key is to eat food that warms you from the inside out — think beans, lentils, brown rice, quinoa, squash, etc.
Ready to give it a try? The following a typical day of vegan eating for me in the winter months, complete with recipes. Use these dishes as a starting point and feel free to get creative.
Easy Morning Oatmeal