6 Healthy Vegan Habits Everyone Should Adopt

It’s hard to convince everyone to go vegan. However, we can all enjoy some of the astounding benefits of a plant-based diet without giving up animal-based foods.

Instead of criticizing vegans, learn from them. After all, numerous studies show that increasing the intake of plant-based foods improves our health and helps the environment.

Let’s look into some of the healthiest vegan habits you should adopt, even if you love meat.

1. Eat More Plant-Based Protein

Are you looking to add variety to your meals? Replace meat protein with plant-based protein once or twice a week. Getting your protein from beans, lentils, peanuts and edamame will add fiber, vitamins and minerals to your diet.

If you’re thinking you’ll struggle with hunger because legumes are not as filling as meat, think again. According to this study, a bean-based meal is just as filling as a meat-based meal.

2. Start Reading Food Labels

Vegans have to read food labels to avoid ingredients such as dairy, meat and egg. While this seems overwhelming, it can help you avoid harmful ingredients such as added sugars, unhealthy fats and artificial sweeteners.

Make an effort to read every packaged food you buy. It may be a bit time-consuming, but it’ll tremendously improve your health. And it gets easier with practice.

3. Prioritize Veggies

This applies to everyone, even those who have a serving of veggies on their plate in every meal. Many of us serve a small portion of veggies, which we usually eat last.

Eating veggies last is a mistake, because you may leave them on the plate if the other foods fill you up. Additionally, a small serving of veggies may not be enough to improve your health.

Prioritize veggies by making sure they cover the biggest portion of your plate—and eat them first. This effortless diet change can improve your health, even if you don’t quit junk food.

4. Eat More-Probiotic Rich Foods

Yogurt is the main probiotic-rich food for most non-vegans. And most times they don’t enjoy the benefits because the yogurt contains additives, like sugar, that cancel out the probiotics.

Vegans, on the other hand, have a wider variety to choose from including kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh, pickles and miso. Add these flavorful foods to your diet to increase your probiotic intake and boost gut health.

5. Use More Herbs and Spices

Most vegans have to use herbs and spices, because they can’t flavor their dishes with butter, cheese and bacon.

Well, herbs and spice are a far better option for your health. They’re also helpful if you’re trying to lose weight, because they don’t contain calories. Varying spices can make your meals taste unique, even when you’re using the same ingredients.

6. Snack on Plant-Based Foods

Snacking is a big reason why most people can’t lose weight and maintain optimal health. Since quitting snacking might be challenging, opt for plant-based snacks. Snacking on fruits, nuts, seeds and veggies will keep your calorie intake under control.

Frankly, we can learn a lot from vegans. Instead of arguing which diet is better, borrow ideas from different diets, and you’ll end up creating a very unique and healthy way of eating.

81 comments

Jeanette B

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JoAnn Paris
JoAnn P6 days ago

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Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski7 days ago

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Thomas M8 days ago

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Kathy K8 days ago

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Toni W9 days ago

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Toni W9 days ago

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maria reis10 days ago

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Zoe Hodges10 days ago

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hELEN hEARFIELD10 days ago

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