Veganuary Must-Haves – Essentials for a Well-Balanced Diet

If you want to partake in Veganuary this year, here is a list of ingredients to make sure you get as varied and healthy a nutrition as possible as well as some recipe/meal suggestions. Relying on a wide variety of whole foods is the most important aspect of nutrition regardless of how you decide to fuel your body.   

Edamame Noodle Stir-Fry

Veganuary is upon us again and it is probably the most famous marketing scheme of the last decade. It is not how it started out but it certainly is what it has become. Stores are pushing vegan and “healthy” products left and right. You can pick up some wonder meat right next to some new workout clothes to become the new you this year. I always look at those fake meat products with a lot of caution (see mushroom burger). Rather than spending one month a year eating all the vegan products I try to increase my consumption of vegan whole foods (vegetables, nuts, grains) and decrease the amount of meat and fish I eat all year long. Just because something is vegan it doesn’t make it healthy. Fried cauliflower dipped in sweet chili sauce is vegan too, doesn’t make it healthy. That does not mean that I am against a vegan diet. If it were up to me, I’d be eating at least vegetarian all the time. Unfortunately my body disagrees with the sentiment, which doesn’t stop me from trying.  

Roasted Chicoree with a Side of Lentil Salad

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or just someone trying to incorporate more plant-based meals and products into your diet here is a list of whole food ingredients with recipe suggestions to guide you without falling into the Veganuary marketing abyss. You don’t need all that stuff. What you need is a varied diet with lots of vegetables and fruits to provide you with all the micronutrients it needs and a good balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein to fuel your body throughout the day.   

Quinoa and Bean Burger with Potato Wedges and Mojo Verde

Must-Haves for a Varied Plant-Based Diet and Recipe Suggestions

Well, there you have some essentials of a well-balanced diet. Even if you are not doing Veganuary we should all be mindful of eating. If not for the environment, then for our own health. That doesn’t mean we have to become wheatgrass smoothie drinking hippies. Are you doing Veganuary? Is there maybe something I forgot on my list? I would love to hear from you. Anyway, I hope you found this blogpost informative and helpful. Stay healthy!

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