When transitioning to a healthier way of eating, regardless of the kind of food that’s involved, it’s common to feel kind of lost in the beginning. Having some good roadmaps (recipes) for the journey can make all the difference. So I’m going to help you with all that right now.
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Most of us rely pretty heavily on processed foods these days. You know the ones I’m talking about… they come in cans and boxes and they line just about every shelf in the grocery store, including the freezer section. After all, we’re busy and they’re quick and easy, right? The problem is that they’re not usually as nutritious as we’d hope they’d be. Oftentimes they’re full of salt, oil, and preservatives – not to mention the fact that it’s not uncommon for the most healthful components of the (original) food to have been removed or destroyed during processing.
So how do we start to replace that type of food with 100% real food? Whole, unprocessed, healthy food? It’s feels kind of awkward, right? A bit like trying to learn how to ride a bike all over again. No worries kid, I’m about to point you in the right direction!
I’ll admit it, when I first eliminated animal meat from my diet, I immediately replaced it with many of the plant-based meat products that are on the market. They were delicious and I ate them a couple times a day, every day – for a few years. Of course I knew that they weren’t nearly as nutritious and good for me as whole foods would be – by ‘whole’ I’m talking about unprocessed (or very minimally processed) beans, grains, and so on. But they were quick and easy, and I didn’t want to spend time researching recipes or cooking for an hour every night.
But the time finally came… I realized I needed to up my healthy-eating game even more. I had removed all the animal products from my diet, which was very beneficial health-wise, and now I felt like it was time to remove at least most of the processed food as well. I knew in order to do that in a way I’d stick with it, I’d need to find some really good recipes (roadmaps). They’d need to be quick, easy, and super delicious. I went on my search and found everything I needed- now I’m going to give you some helpful (and time-saving) tips so you can do the same!
Set yourself up with a place to store your digital recipes. That’ll be the ones you find online of course. You’ll want to make sure it’s cloud-based so you can access them from anywhere, including your phone when you’re at the grocery store. You can go with a free service like Google Docs or Evernote, both work great and have strong search functionality which makes it really easy to find recipes when you need them.
Decide really specifically what types of recipes you’re interested in, then you’ll know them the minute you see them. For instance… are you only interested in recipes with 10 ingredients or less, or perhaps a cook time of 30 minutes or less? I know I usually am. That type of information is really easy to locate in a recipe – so when you find a new one, just zip down to that part of the recipe to see if it fits the bill, if it doesn’t, quickly move on to the next one.
Put on your Google goggles!
Use really specific phrases when searching for recipes online, otherwise you’re probably going to get far more than you bargained for. I’d recommend using phrases along the lines of… easy plant based recipes, plant based recipes no salt, plant based recipes no oil, low fat plant based recipes, plant based dinner parties, plant based appetizers – you get the picture. Be sure and swap out the word ‘vegan’ for ‘plant based’ with all those different options, as many recipes will use that verbiage instead. Technically they’re one in the same.
Head on over to Amazon.com. You can use the exact same search phrases that you used in Google to search Amazon for cookbooks. There are many (many) excellent plant based cookbooks there. One thing you can do is check the little box on the side of the page that tells Amazon to show you only those cookbooks that have a 3 or a 4 star rating – that way you’ll be shown only the best of the best in your search results.
Search YouTube exactly the way you did Google and Amazon. Let me tell you, you’ll find an abundance of excellent whole food plant-based recipes right there.
I have to say that researching recipes in this way is really quite fun, especially if you do it during your down time, like when you’re watching TV. In fact you’ll probably find that you get increasingly excited and motivated as you find a bunch of recipes you just can’t wait to try. I know I do!
To help get you started, I’ve linked to three of my favorite resources for really delicious, really easy whole food plant-based, recipes – find those links just below the embedded video. One is a website, one is a cookbook, and one is a YouTube channel. In addition, I’ve compiled a list of my 13 (very) favorite whole food plant-based recipe resources – it’s a combination of websites (food blogs), YouTube channels, and cookbooks. You can download that list right here – it even has ‘clickable’ links. I hope you love it!
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