What veganism isn’t

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Eating a whole foods 100% plant based diet is healthy, fulfilling, and can meet all your nutritional needs. The average person likely doesn’t know much about nutrition nor what a healthy vegan eats, so here’s the lowdown.

A healthy vegan meal is not the average meal minus the big chunk of meat in the middle of the plate.

It is not the spaghetti minus the meatballs. It is not the hamburger and fries minus the patty. It’s not the pizza minus the cheese. It’s not the small pile of canned peas or the iceberg lettuce side salad.

A healthy vegan meal might be roasted bell peppers stuffed with quinoa, black beans and spinach or sesame stir fry with green beans, onions, broccoli, baby corn, carrots, mushrooms, and tofu over brown rice topped with cashews. It might be raw walnut lentil collard wrap tacos with corn and pinto bean Mexican rice. It might be maple glazed beet salad with almonds and whole grain, avocado, tomato, tempeh sandwich. It might simply be half a dozen roasted veggies with couscous and spiced black beans. The possibilities are endless because there is a vast array of colorful plant based foods to choose from.

Eating this way is much more nutritionally dense than the average omnivore’s meal and provides you with powerful antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that keep you strong, energetic and balanced.

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