We all know that a plant-based lifestyle is better for our bodies and for the planet. And while it can seem overwhelming at first, the truth is that making the switch to plant-based living can be pretty easy. There are so many fun, delicious, and healthy ways to use plant ingredients in your everyday routine. Don’t believe us? Here are six swaps that will bring you closer to a 100 percent plant-based life. Get ready to be inspired; you’ll feel better about yourself while also reducing your carbon footprint!
1. Use nut milk in your favorite morning rituals.
If you’re super attached to your morning coffee with milk, we get it. Morning rituals are totally sacred. But there are so many amazing nut milks out there that you’re definitely missing out on if you haven't tried this simple swap. Invest in an at-home milk steamer and become your own favorite barista.
2. Take a look at your supplements.
This may surprise you, but a lot of supplements and vitamins contain animal products. The good news is it’s a simple fix: Try a vitamin that’s fun to take, like Garden of Life mykind Organics gummy vitamin instead of your usual multi. Not only are they plant-based, but they’re also delicious and contain nine whole fruits in every bottle!
3. Ditch the honey.
Every now and then, we all need a little something sweet. But before you reach for the honey, why not try a whole-food sweetener like banana or dates? They’ll add that little sweetness to your oatmeal or chia pudding without adding any animal by-products.
4. Vegan-ize your smoothies.
We think of green smoothies as the ultimate health food, but if you’re using whey protein, you’re not quite plant-based. So next time you make a smoothie, experiment with some vegan protein and see what you think.
5. Remember, healthy fats don't just come from fish.
So many of us depend on fish for our healthy fats, but flax and chia seeds are great sources of omega-3s. Try sprinkling them on your favorite salad for some added sustenance.
6. Make a creamy salad dressing.
Want to go plant-based but worried you’ll miss your favorite dressing? You can make a super-creamy salad dressing by adding some avocado or unsweetened coconut yogurt to your recipe. Just blend in the blender and enjoy!
Making these swaps will bring you six steps closer to a plant-based lifestyle, and you’ll barely have to lift a finger. After all, living your healthiest life should be more about mindfulness than time and effort.