With the growing trend of plant-based diets and their great health benefits, it’s a great time to explore your options. And since small changes to your diet can quickly add up, trying out plant-based alternatives is very tempting. One of the best ways to start is to find plant-based foods you can easily substitute into your existing routine. The benefits of just one healthy choice build up with time, improving your metabolism and overall health. Added to that, Health Canada recently updated the Canada Food Guide to focus more on the consumption of plant-based proteins. You can read more about that here.
One American study found that vegetarian diets can decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 50%, and another study discovered that plant-based diets improved blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Add in the overall benefits to your energy levels and digestion, not to mention sustainability, and it’s easy to see what the buzz is about.
THE PERFECT FIRST HEALTHY STEP
You might find that milk alternatives are the perfect first healthy step, for many reasons.
First: there’s the inherent benefits associated with making a healthy choice.
Second: there are many delicious options and it’s always fun to mix up your routine.
Third: it’s an easy substitution to make.
Whether you’re drinking non-dairy beverages straight, pouring them on your cereal, or adding them to your coffee, you’ll love the new flavours you get to try. You can also substitute them in recipes to introduce the benefits of a plant-based diet into your cooking and baking. You can even make plant-based cheese and yogurt! It might just become your gateway into fully plant-based cooking and new recipes like Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese, Chunky Monkey Oatmeal, or Dreamy Carrot Cake.
PLANT-BASED MILK ALTERNATIVES
If you’re looking for plant-based milk alternatives, you’ll find a wide and growing variety. There’s tasty classic almond beverage, as well as beverages made from cashews, rice, and coconut. You can even get blended beverages, like cashew and coconut, that offer you the best of two worlds. These beverages are perfect substitutes in recipes you already prepare, and great for exploring plant-based recipes.
Flavour-wise, you can choose between original and unsweetened versions of most beverages. Original beverages are best enjoyed with cereal or in a glass, and unsweetened options are excellent for baking and cooking. Enriched versions are perfect for smoothies, and if you want to keep closer to the nutritional profile of milk. When you want to treat yourself, some beverages are flavoured with chocolate or vanilla. With so many substitution options, it’s easy to find the right beverage for the job.
One up-and-coming plant-based alternative that’s worth exploring is pea protein. It’s been used to great effect in plant-based burgers, and now it’s available in beverages as well. Pea beverages contain up to 8 grams of protein per cup, which is ideal for those who want to maintain a plant-based diet while seeking more protein for health or fitness purposes.
If you’re interested in trying plant-based substitutions, you might be wondering where you can find the right drink. Fortunately, with the growing interest in plant-based diets, it’s not a challenge to find plant-based beverages. DREAMTM is available from online retailers, grocers, large supermarkets and small specialty stores. You’ll find you won’t need to go far out of your way to make a healthy choice.
Substituting more plant-based foods into your diet is a simple way to start living a little healthier. The best part is, lots of other people are doing it too! Flexitarians don’t have to follow a strict regimen. They have a diet that isn’t strictly vegan or vegetarian, and they don’t need to give up animal products to enjoy the benefits of making a healthy choice. That makes it easy to join this growing movement. Something as simple as substituting almond milk into your diet is a smart and healthy choice, a way to treat your taste buds, fortify your body, and change up your routine.
DREAMTM offers Canada’s largest selection of plant-based beverages, and you can find them in the natural foods section of your local grocery store.