You may not know it but it’s National Plant Power Day on 7th March. Plant Power Day is dedicated to inspiring people to think about what they consume and to make healthier choices when it comes to deciding what to eat and drink.
PLANT BASED DIETS CAN HELP TO REDUCE STRESS AND HEART DISEASE
It’s well documented that there are serious benefits to eating more veg, beans, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Simply put eating a plant-based diet can help lower hypertension and reduce stress, reduce the risk of heart disease, help control diabetes, help with weight loss, reduce the risk of cancer and even prevent the risk of blindness in later life.
But a plant-based diet isn’t necessarily what you might think. It really all can depend on who you ask. Generally, it’s an eating style that emphasizes real, whole foods that come from plants. But ultimately, it’s nothing new. After all, the Mediterranean diet is essentially underpinned by plant-based foods, alongside fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt a few times a week, and on occasion meat as well.
Things that generally figure large are vegetables like kale, spinach, tomatoes, cauliflower, potatoes, squash. Whole grains like brown rice, oats, quinoa, barley. Legumes like peas, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts and beans. Nuts, seeds, fruits, plant-based oils herbs and spices, fruits and unsweetened drinks like coffee, tea and not forgetting water.
HOW TO EAT A PLANT BASED DIET
Plant-based doesn’t mean eliminating food groups or lean sources of protein totally! It’s much friendlier than that, simply eat lots of vegetables. Make sure you include plenty of colour when choosing your foods and change the way you think about meat. Have smaller amounts and treat it as garnish rather than the main event. Choose good fats. Fats in olive oil, olives, nuts and nut butters, seeds are particularly healthy choices. Cook a vegetarian meal at least one night a week. Build these meals around beans, whole grains, and vegetables. Include whole grains for breakfast and add some nuts or seeds along with fresh fruit. Eat fruit for dessert and that will satisfy any craving for a sweet treat.
And while you are at it look at what you drink too…
ROYAL MATCHA GREEN TEA
Our Royal Matcha Green Tea is a good bet. Next to water, drinking green tea from 100% quality tea leaves is one of the most nutritious beverages you can consume.
Royal Matcha has been about in Japan since the 12th century and even forms a mainstay of the Japanese tea ritual Chado. So, straightaway it stands head and shoulders above other teas. And unlike normal teas it’s made from the finest young green tea leaves harvested from small scale plantations only found in Japan.
When it is processed is comes in a completely unique stone ground unfermented powder form, rather than in teabags or loose-leaf tea that are discarded after being steeped in water. As a result, the entire leaf is used and none of vital nutrients the leaf contains are lost providing you with powerful antioxidants that help support your immune system, promote healthy digestion, brain function and oral health too…
Now, we are the first to admit that Royal Matcha Green Tea costs a bit more than your run-of-the-mill teas. But, with all its health-promoting we think it’s worth every penny… so rather than spend your hard-earned cash on unhealthy drinks why not simply add ¼ teaspoon of Royal Matcha tea to a in a chilled bottle of water and enjoy a refreshing drink loaded with antioxidants?
WHEN IS THE NEXT PLANT POWER DAY?
Plant Power Day is celebrated annually on the 7th March each year.