Not everyone may agree with vegans, but they do provide some of the best health tips around. Having that much knowledge about food and nutrition has actually made many of them our official fitspirations! And from stalking their Instagram feeds and reading their blogs, we picked up a lesson or two from them that truly changed our approach to healthy eating. Read about them below!
1. Carbs are okay.
Don't believe anyone who says that you shouldn't eat carbs to stay in shape. Fruits, rice, bread, and pasta make up most of our food joys in life and eating them in moderation shouldn't do your body harm. But if you love sweets more, a lot of restaurants and shops carry healthier options. No refined sugar? No problem.
2. You can cook without oil.
As long as you have a non-stick pan in your kitchen, going oil-free when you cook will be a breeze. Trust me on this—you can actually sauté garlic and onion in plain water instead of oil, and they'll turn out okay. Oil normally doesn't come with its own flavor, so unless you're used to cooking with something like coconut oil, you won't notice the difference.
3. Plant milk is exactly like regular milk, but healthier.
Switching over to soy milk or almond milk isn't a recipe for calcium deficiency. Because like regular milk, plant milk is fortified with calcium and other nutrients that are good for your health. In fact, soy milk also has more protein than regular milk, and all plant-based types of milk have no cholesterol and saturated fat.
4. Oatmeal is the easiest (and healthiest) breakfast option ever.
Step one: cook instant oatmeal in a bowl with hot water. Step two: add fruit. Step three: eat. It's so easy. You'll be out the door in minutes with a good portion of fiber and healhy carbs in your tummy to set you up for a productive day.
5. Nutritional yeast is a life-changing kitchen ingredient.
Full of essential B-vitamins and other health benefits, vegans use these yellow flakes as a cheese subsitute because of the umami flavor it gives. Sprinkle some of this on top of your pasta, pizza, or anything savory for a quick and cheesy health boost.
6. Frozen fruits and vegetables are way cheaper than regular produce.
We're not saying you shouldn't buy fresh produce anymore, but anyone on a strict budget will appreciate the more affordable price tag. Just pop these babies into the microwave for a healthy side dish, or you can also add them to your smoothies for a quick meal. And since they're frozen, you won't be pressured to eat them right away!
7. Always have a snack with you.
This is a tip that vegans usually advise to new vegans, because if you're hungry, you'll eat anything in sight. But in a non-vegan's case, carrying a healthy snack with you all the time means you can curb hunger ASAP instead of settling for junk food. We suggest protein bars and fruit cups if you're always on-the-go!
Cheers to easy and healthy eating!
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