The vegan and the plant-based diet . . . aren't they the same thing? While the two seem to be synonymous with one another, there are some differences between the eating styles. Following a vegan eating plan eliminates all animal products, where as following a plant-based diet places an emphasis on eating primarily plant foods but does not eliminate animal products entirely. In this blog, we will break down what the vegan and the plant-based diet are and how they compare to one another.
What Is The Vegan Diet?
The vegan diet eliminates all animal products including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, and honey. Individuals follow this eating plan for ethical reasons, environmental reasons, and/or for it's health reasons. The vegan diet can have health benefits but it can also be an unhealthy diet. For example, you could technically be vegan and eat only Oreos and French fries! It can also be tricky for those following the vegan diet to consume adequate protein. This is why healthy, nutritious convenience foods such as Chef Soraya bowls, are ideal for those following this eating style. Chef Soraya Plant-based Macro Meals are vegan and do not contain any animal products. Our bowls are filled with high protein, high fiber and healthy fats and only require hot water to make! A grab-and-go meal that's good and good for you.
What Is The Plant-based Diet?
A plant-based diet doesn't eliminate animals products but an individual who follows this way of eating makes a conscious effort to eat less animals products and more foods that come from plant sources. Similar to veganism, those who follow this way of eating do so for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Although unlike the vegan diet, it is a more flexible way of eating that doesn't eliminate any particular food group.
Plant-based & Vegan Foods Meal Ideas:
Breakfast: Rolled oats with walnuts, banana, cinnamon and almond milk. This easy breakfast idea will start your day the right way!
Lunch: Beans and rice with an apple & fresh veggies. Beans and rice are a complete form of protein and an excellent source of fiber. Although, cooking rice and beans via stovetop can take a while. Instead, try a Chef Soraya Plant-based bowl for lunch. It's ready in minutes and is loaded with healthy ingredients such as beans, rice, quinoa, hemp seeds, and global spices. Chef Soraya bowls are nutritious and delicious, leaving you satisfied for hours.
Dinner: Grilled vegetable kabobs with tofu, and a spinach salad. You can make a dressing/marinade of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, basil, salt and pepper and cook the kebobs on the grill or in the oven! You can then use the same mixture to toss your spinach salad in.
Everyone Needs The Basics
No matter which diet plan you choose to follow, everyone needs an adequate amount of healthy carbs, protein, and fat, as our body utilizes these macronutrients in various ways to keep us healthy, happy and full of energy. Chef Soraya bowls are perfect for the vegan and plant-based eater, as our meals are filled with whole dehydrated ingredients and spices that are ready to be cooked for the first time when you add in hot water! In fact, using dehydrated ingredients not only makes our product shelf-stable, but the dehydration process preserves the nutrients of the ingredients. As a result, our macro meals are even more healthy for all kinds of eaters to enjoy. We hope this blog was informative and to learn more helpful tips/tricks for following a plant-based diet click here.