Plant-based is a lifestyle choice that focuses on plant sources across all aspects of your daily life – everything from the food you put on your plate, to the shampoo you use, to the clothes you choose to buy and wear. Not only can going plant-based have amazing benefits for your own health, but also for the health of our beautiful planet!
There are many ways to adopt plant-based practices in your diet without having to go 100% vegan overnight. Every small step can have a positive environmental impact. Below are a few of the most popular plant-based diets that exist today:
There are so many incredible benefits to going plant-based. Not only does it have impressive health benefits, but it also has incredibly positive environmental impacts that help improve the health of our planet and environment as a whole. Here are our top 5 reasons for giving plant-based living a go!
A great way to get started on a plant-based diet is to swap out your dairy products for a plant-based alternative made from soy, rice, almond or hemp.
There are a range of non-dairy butters available that you can choose from like…
Instead of starting your day with traditional dairy yoghurt, why not opt for a kefir, soy or coconut option?
There are so many amazing plant-based milks available now to suit a variety of tastes – whether you prefer oat, almond, pea or coconut milk, there is an option for everyone! Depending on where you live in the world, different plant-based milks are better for the environment than others, however, generally speaking oat milk has the lowest carbon footprint – which is why we have refillable oat milk on tap in all our stores!
(don’t worry you don’t have to go cold turkey)
Reducing your meat intake doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite Sunday roast. A great place to start is by simply choosing meats with a lower environmental impact and reducing the number of meat-based meals you have every week. Beef and lamb are traditionally the largest contributors to farmed animal emissions, and by simply choosing other protein options like chicken or eggs and introducing more vegetable based meals into your diet, you will have a huge impact on the planet!
With so many delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes available it’s never been easier to enjoy plant-based cooking at home. Try our easy Chickpea & Cashew Curry or Easy Vegan Parmesan Seashell Pasta for your next dinner (we promise you’ll be going back for seconds!) Or for those with a sweet tooth, why not give our Hazelnut Butter Fudgy Brownies a go!
One of the most common questions is “does a plant-based diet provide adequate protein intake?” and the answer is yes it can! There are a range of high protein plant-based alternatives available which can help you to meet daily requirements, even for those with an active lifestyle:
New to plant-based proteins? Check out our easy guide on soaking and cooking beans and grains at home!
For those who love baking or just enjoy a classic weekend fry up, there are a number of egg alternatives that you can try…
Although most people immediately think of food when it comes to a plant-based lifestyle, there are also lots of easy ways to choose plant-based in other areas of your life. It’s all about taking a little bit of extra time when you shop to review those purchases and see if there are better options out there!
Make sure you look at the label and choose personal care products that are cruelty free and don’t contain animal by-products. At the Source we have a range of refillable and packaging-free vegan personal care products to shop…
Lavender & Geranium Hand and Body Wash – this 100% vegan hand and body wash has a delightful geranium scent and has lavender essential oils to soothe the skin and create a sense of calm. It’s also 99% naturally derived, does not contain parabens and is SLS free – how great is that!