September 20, 2016

The Perfect Plant-Based Plate: Finding a Healthy Balance

A whole-food, plant-based diet is focused on natural plants and whole-foods, just as it sounds. But that’s not all! It’s also suggested to minimize highly refined foods such as bleached flour and oil. However, a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be 100% plants. The goal is to have a good balance of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seeds, beans, legumes and more. This balance is important in order for your body to get the essential nutrients it needs to thrive and function.

Making the perfect plant-based plate includes 5 main food groups to provide all the protein and nutrients your body needs. These include fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. When in doubt, you can divide your plate evenly into the 4 food groups. However, the plate below shows how many servings of each food group you should aim for each day.

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Vegetables include some of the most nutrition-packed foods on the planet, including kale, spinach and broccoli. Their teammate, fruit, is great for hydration and a great source of fiber, potassium and antioxidants*. Each variety of fruits and vegetables contains different phytonutrients to support your overall health and support your immune system. Phytonutrients are only found in plants, and they are what give fruits and vegetables their intense color and nutrition*. They are scientifically proven to have health benefits, such as healthier tissues and organ systems, detoxification, stronger immune system, and better muscle performance*. It’s easy to see how plants are so important to include in our diet.

Whole grains are good to include on your plate because they are less processed and more nutritious than refined white grains, and they’re a great source of fiber, iron and protein. Also, adding beans or legumes provides you with a hefty dose of protein and iron!

Eating a well-balanced whole-food plant-based diet not only provides you with amazing health benefits, but it also makes eating healthy delicious and easy. At Fred and Ricky’s, we try to provide you with a great variety of the 5 main food groups in our dishes to please your taste buds and your fill your belly. ­If you have any questions regarding our food or facts about plant-based eating, please contact us!

*Sources:

https://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/why-you-need-phytonutrients-and-the-4-best-places-to-get-them

http://www.chooseveg.com/foodplate



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