The Skinny On Plant Based Whole Foods
You probably hear us reference plant based whole foods like….every other minute.
Some of you might be wondering – but what the heck classifies a plant based whole food?!
We are here to break it down for you babes.
A “whole food” is food that hasn’t been broken down, processed, refined or added to. A “plant based” is simply that – any food derived from Mother Earth. Together, these food descriptors make up the best of the best for your bod inside and out.
What a “plant based whole food” isn’t – meat, fish, dairy, refined sugar, processed foods, foods with chemical additives, preservatives or fake sugar –
We’re looking at you Pop Tarts and 20%.
Some examples of plant based whole foods include:
- Fruits: Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Berries, Watermelon, Strawberries, Grapes – anything you can find in the Chiquita Banana lady’s hat.
- Veggies: Lettuce, Kale, Broccoli, Brussels, Peppers – greens, you get it.
- Roots + Tubers: WTF is a tuber? Oh you know, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, beets, cassava, yams and so forth.
- Whole Grains: Wheat, Barley, Quinoa, Oats – healthy whole delicious good for you carbs.
- Legumes: Fun to say and consists of beans, chickpeas and lentils. Think anything that grows in a pod.
- Seeds + Nuts: Pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, pistachios – we go nuts for them.
- Blender Bombs – duh, did you really think we’d pass up mentioning BB’s on this list?! 😉
When you think about it – plant based whole foods are SO accessible and easy to work into your diet. Let the produce section or local farmers market be your feasting ground!
Some major benefits of implementing a primarily plant based whole foods diet include: boosted energy, improved overall wellness and a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity. Studies have even proven plant based whole food diets have prevented of chronic diseases and reversed diabetes! Amazing.
We could probably go on FOR-EV-ER about plant based whole foods and their benefits, but our hope is this post helps break it down a bit, and makes plant based whole foods more approachable and digestible for you – literally and figuratively, of course.
So – let’s put your plant based whole food consumption to the test! Here is a link to some delicious plant based whole food recipes from our girl Emilie Blanchard of Tasty As Fit!
Lettuce know which ones you try out. (Did ya see what we did there?????)