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Supercharge your body with meatless meals

Supercharge your body with meatless meals

(Almost) everyone agrees eating plant-based meals is good for the planet and for our bodies. But many resist actually trying a plant-based diet. Maybe they believe the myths about vegetarian and meatless diets, like believing there isn’t enough protein. With summer in full swing, colorful fruits and vegetables are front and center, making this a great time to give meatless meals a real go. We wanted the scoop on how to get started. So we asked MYX trainer and Senior Manager of Trainer  Operations, Justin, to share his personal experiences.

The first thing we asked was about the difference between a plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan diet. Justin agrees with the Heart Foundation’s definition that a plant-based diet isn’t about restrictions and what you can’t eat. It’s about customizing a balanced diet to meet your needs. This means some people may choose to eat meat now and then on a plant-based plan. In contrast, a vegan diet restricts all animal products (including cheese, eggs, honey, etc.), and a vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, and seafood.

Positive health benefits

Justin says he has more energy, better sleep — and he also lost a few pounds he didn’t need (bonus!). Vegetarians, vegans, and those who turn more frequently to meatless meals enjoy powerful health benefits because:

Start simply

Justin emphasizes making it fun and not overthinking the process. Going cold turkey can set you up for failure because it’s harder to stick with a drastic change. Think baby steps. Start by trying meals with fewer than four ingredients. Focus on the plant-based foods you like and keep it simple. Even choosing a plant-based meal just one day a week can make a positive difference.

Plenty of protein on a plant-based diet

Justin advises not stressing about protein. In fact, protein deficiency is almost unheard of in the United States. He says the bigger concern should be whether or not you’re getting enough fiber. The average person in the U.S. doesn’t get enough. Luckily, plant-based diets are strong in fiber. Up your intake of fruits like raspberries and apples, and veggies like carrots and broccoli to increase the odds that you’re getting enough.

Try Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays is a global movement with its roots in WWI. It encourages people to reduce their meat consumption for their health and the planet’s. If you need ideas, #MeatlessMonday on Twitter and Instagram offers lots of yummy inspo.

Pick a Monday and try one of Justin’s favorite fast and easy meatless meals. All you need to do, he says, is toss together 2–3 veggies with some quinoa. Add your choice of seasonings, and you’re on the road to better health, one day at a time.

We’d love to hear about your tasty plant-based meals. Are you indulging in fresh salads or making grilled veggie burgers the star of your cookouts? Tempt us by sharing your snaps with us on Facebook.

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