Here are fun "bites" for your social messaging efforts. We chose the topic of a plant based diet using evidence from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Plant based = MORE vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds
- Plant based = LESS animal based foods and processed foods
- Consistent evidence indicates that a dietary pattern that is higher in plant-based foods is more health promoting
- A plant-based diet is associated with a lower environmental impact.
- Who – anyone who wants to improve their health and make more conscious decisions that support sustainability of the environment.
- Vegans only eat foods from plants: fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans and peas), grains, seeds, and nuts and avoids all animal foods.
- Lactovegetarians consume plant foods plus cheese and other dairy products and ovo-lactovegetarians include eggs, too.
- Flexitarians are vegetarians most of the time but they will eat meat sometimes.
Here are four easy ways to start being more plant-based in your eating pattern today:
- Eat meatless meals one or more nights a week.
- Vegetarian chili and beans soups are a great start.
- Try a vegetarian sandwich or salad for lunch with nut butter or with lots of veggies.
- Use less meat or poultry per person when preparing meals by building them up with whole grains, vegetables, beans, and nuts.
- Choose a whole-grain and fruit-based breakfast like oatmeal.