(did you know that Einstein was plant-strong?)
Simplicity: Making the Plant-Strong Lifestyle Work
So you’ve read “The Engine 2 Diet”, seen “Forks Over Knives” and maybe even taken the 28 Day Challenge at your local Whole Foods Market. How can you make a Plant-Strong lifestyle work day to day? How can you always have delicious, nutrient packed, satisfying meals prepared to meet the demands of a busy lifestyle?
One huge key to success is to be prepared.
Go shopping and stock up on all of the foods that will keep you going Plant-Strong. Always keep lots of fruits and vegetables on hand for snacking and recipes, but in addition, keep your kitchen loaded with non-perishable ingredients to keep you prepared.
A basic pantry list would look something like this:
-Frozen Vegetables- your favorites!
-Frozen Fruits -
-Canned Beans- No Salt!
-Canned Tomatoes- No Salt!
-Whole Grains (quinoa, barley, oats, buckwheat, etc.)
-Whole Wheat Pasta (or Brown Rice Pasta)
-Dried Fruit- No sugar or oil added!
-Nuts- No salt!
-No salt added Spice Mixes- All of your favorites
-Low sodium vegetable broth
-Alternative milk- Unsweetened!
These items also happen to be some of the least expensive foods in the store so not only will you stay on track, but you will save a ton of money. If you want to take the savings to another level, buy dried beans from the bulk section instead of canned. Find a great versatile recipe that is quick, delicious, and satisfying.
The key to long term success living a whole foods, plant based lifestyle is to make it work day to day. By staying prepared, keeping meal preparation simple, and developing a healthy routine, living a healthy lifestyle is a breeze.
Be Well and Stay Plant-Strong,
Healthy Eating Specialist
Whole Foods Market, Tampa
Curtis Whitwam is the Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market, Tampa, Fl. Whole Foods Tampa regularly holds Engine 2 28 Day Challenges. For more information about Healthy Eating Classes and support please visit your local Whole Foods Market.