Snacking is a common habit that almost everybody does. Is it healthy? Yes! The trick is keeping our snacks healthy and plant-based. We often reach for things like chips, cookies, crackers, and even candy.
So you have watched the videos and documentaries and are now excited to change over to a plant-based diet and experience for yourself the amazing health benefits! The only problem is that you are the only person in your household who wants to make this change. If this is your situation, realize that you are not alone.
Picture this: you’ve just gotten home from a long day. You have family members who need you, friends you want to catch up with, or maybe a favorite tv show you’ve been looking forward to. Plus, you have to make dinner or maybe plan for tomorrow’s meals and you wonder how to fit it all in.
As someone who loves food and loves to eat, one of my favorite things about eating a whole food, plant-based diet is that nearly all of the foods that I can eat have a lower calorie density than their animal-based or processed counterparts. This basically means that I can eat more volume and still be eating fewer calories - a win in my book!
Snacks should be quick, easy, and convenient. There are so many healthy snacks to choose from such as fresh fruit and cut veggies, baked tortilla chips, bean dips, salsas, whole grain and low-fat crackers, and oil-free popcorn. If we shift our “snacking mindset,” we discover that it can also be cheap and easy to incorporate healthier whole foods as snacks.
When Doug Schmidt had a heart attack eight years ago, he had no idea how drastically his life would change and how this single event would affect so many other people. At the time, Doug worked as an elementary school teacher at Victor Schools in Rochester, New York, and lived a normal, quiet life.
Ever since I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do has been traveling by plane. I’ve always been fascinated with the speed at which you can reach your destination and all the places you can go. When I was younger, in my pre plant-based days, a trip to the airport meant a chance to “treat” myself to some greasy fast food that I knew wasn’t good for me, but that I ate and enjoyed anyway.
By adding more plants to your normal routine, you will be increasing the amount of antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients you eat, which is an awesome way to lean into, or maintain a whole food plant-based lifestyle.
"Our story began in 2007, when I visited my doctor because of a number of troubling symptoms, including acid reflux and chronic painful heartburn. Blood tests revealed high cholesterol, and my doctor wrote me prescriptions for Simvistatin, Niaspan, Tricor, and Pantoprazole.
I have been plant-based for over a decade and through the years have watched others (and myself) say things that discourage someone on the Standard American Diet from ever trying plant-based eating.
As we travel for a family trip to the mountains in West Virginia, staying plant-based is important. It will be a six hour drive and once we get to our location we will have limited access to both grocery stores and restaurants. I am approaching the trip with the attitude that we will stay as true to our diet as possible, but knowing that we might need to compromise a little here and there
Because of space limitations, this summer was the first time in many years that I did not have a garden. One of my favorite things to do in past summers was to walk out into the garden and pick a handful of herbs to brighten my plant-based dishes. I decided to create a “small-space garden” on our front porch steps and planted rosemary, basil, thyme and mint in pots. They turned out to be a decorative, productive and attractive addition to our front porch.