"We help people to begin truly healthful diets, and it is absolutely wonderful to see, not only their success, but also their delight at their ability to break old habits and feel really healthy for a change."
--Neal Barnard, MD
The last issue of Wellness Wednesdays was about moving to plant-based eating. Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has this suggestion if you are one of those people who does not know where to start: start with the foods you already eat from around the world.
Here are my 3 tips to start your journey:
- Do you like Italian? Make spaghetti without the meatballs. Use cashew parm (see my recipe below) instead of parmesan made from animals.
- Do you like Mexican? Make lentil tacos instead of meat tacos. Lentils are one of my go-to foods. Full of dietary fiber, lentils fill you up, preventing overeating. They are also extremely cheap. Dried lentils (green, red, black, and French) all have a special place in my kitchen pantry. Lentil and avocado tacos are one of my favorite breakfasts.
- Do you like Asian cuisine? Make tofu spring rolls instead of shrimp spring rolls.
These ideas are easy to do, very kid-friendly, and budget friendly. Winner, winner, winner!!!
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· 2/3 cup raw, unsalted cashews
· ¼ cup nutritional yeast
· 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
· 1 teaspoon garlic salt
· ½ teaspoon thyme (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until the mixture is a fine crumb.
2. Store in jar in fridge for up to 3 weeks.
With love and kindness,
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder and Wellness Architect