Apr 24, 2019 05:22PM
● By Dawn Garcia
One of the simplest ways to live a more sustainable, healthy lifestyle is to incorporate more whole plant foods into our daily diet. At Rebel Fitness & Nutrition in Eureka, owner and plant-based nutrition coach Katie Berrey emphasizes that small, incremental changes in your everyday routine are key. “Instead of focusing on all the things you can’t have, work on adding more whole plant-based foods into your daily diet,” explains Berrey. “It’s all about fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and healthy plant-based fats. Go for whole, unprocessed foods and you can’t go wrong.”
In Arcata, Foodwise Kitchen specializes in plant-based cooking classes and meal-prep services. Owner Rachele McCluskey says incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet is as easy as making a morning smoothie.
“Greens pair perfectly with citrus, cucumber, and fresh herbs. Everything goes with a banana,” says McCluskey, adding that if the colors flow, they probably go. McCluskey encourages her students to invest in themselves by learning to create a few super-satisfying plant-based meals to help jumpstart their journeys into plant-based cooking.
Making intentional food choices has never been easier. The key to incorporating more plants into your diet is to add them in slowly and keep it simple with whole foods. Every time we eat, we have the power to make decisions that have profound effects on our personal health and the health of our planet.