According to the Blue Zones Project, a majority of the centenarians (those who live to 100 years of age or over) in the Blue Zones consume a very small amount of meat and on rare occasions. A majority of their diet consists of a wide variety of nutrient packed fruits and veggies. We call this a plant slant.
If you do a quick Google search, you will find conflicting information everywhere when it comes to the perfect diet. Some say eat as much meat as you want but don’t you dare consume grains or legumes while others say never consume meat and stick with a vegetarian or vegan diet. We will leave it to you to be the judge on what diet works best for you. One common theme you will find among almost all diets is a focus on fruits and veggies.
With August on its way to a close and veggie plants in full swing, it is the perfect time to focus on adding more plants to your daily snacks and meals. Not only do the longest living people in the world consume them but they are loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals to help you feel your best.
Eating more plants comes with a variety of health benefits. You will likely notice a positive difference in your skin, an increase in energy and improved digestion, to name a few. Being a Blue Zones Project Certified Workplace, we do our best to stick with a plant slant and have found a few tips and tricks to help keep us on track along the way.
- Kick off your day with a fruit (and veggie) smoothie. There are hundreds of recipes to choose from out there. You can kick it up a notch by adding one of our algae blends to your favorite recipe.
- Load up your sandwich or wrap with veggies. You can try adding some tomato, lettuce, peppers and other veggies to your daily sandwich or switch to a delicious flat bread topped with hummus and a variety of colorful veggies (don’t forget the sprouts!)
- Have some chopped veggies and fruit handy to snack on in between meals. This will help keep you away from the vending machine and candy jar throughout the day.
- Make salad your main dish. There are many delicious salad recipes packed with different types of proteins (for all diet types) that are sure to satisfy your hunger and load your body with the nutrients it desires.
- Craving comfort food? Make pasta with “zoodles,” noodles made from zucchini.
- Have a sweet tooth? Swap your dessert for some fresh fruit sorbet or avocado mousse.
If you take a quick look at Pinterest you will find many fun and creative ways to add more plants to your diet. We have found that sticking with the simple options that fit our lifestyles have helped to add consistency in our maintaining a plant slant. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the fresh summer produce!