Once controversial, now more and more people are deciding to go plant-based in all four corners of the globe. Going plant-based is a lifestyle change with which you’ll see transformation in all parts of your life with some real as well as some pretty surprising benefits.
Diet and digestion to mental health and overall wellbeing (not to mention economical and environmental)- making the switch to a vegan diet can be a powerful way to get you up and feeling your very best all day, every day without worrying about the impact on the environment. So what are you waiting for? Read on to find out some of the surprising benefits of switching to plant-based foods and why having plant based breakfast food can really transform your life.
So, where does the plant-based diet actually come from?
Before the rise of agriculture and civilisations, humans lived as hunter-gatherers in all corners of the world. Small communities would migrate around their regions and local landscapes following or fleeing, the call of nature often finding themselves in new and unexplored territories. As a result, these hunter-gatherers would feast on a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts thus enriching their diet with high levels of natural fibre, vitamins and protein.
Though, as the name suggests, many early humans were carnivores, recent evidence actually suggests that many of our ancestors were also plant-based. Research completed by Brent Kios at UCLA suggests that up to 20% of hunter-gatherers were in fact just ‘gatherers’. Some food for thought!
Here at PlantX we think that this ‘gatherer’ theory makes real sense and can help us to understand why more and more people are coming around to the plant-based lifestyle. From this we can conclude that meat and dairy are not essential for maintaining a healthy diet and getting all of the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins and fibres that we need - with some pretty surprising effects.
What’s so important about starting the day plant-based?
Time and time again experts and psychologists have proven that starting the day the right way can transform your life. The better the choices that you make at the beginning of the day, the more likely it is that you’ll make better choices later on too - creating healthy habits and establishing a good routine for your mind and body.
See this interesting article by behavioural psychologist James Clear and what he calls “decision fatigue” for more information:
He highlights the importance of willpower and how by mustering the energy to prepare yourself a healthy and balanced plant-based breakfast each morning can have a wider positive impact on your life.
Not to mention it’s also a great way to ensure that your body gets all of the natural goodness that it needs to restore digestive balance and to leave you feeling fighting fit and ready for the day ahead !
Some surprising benefits of eating plant based breakfast foods
So let’s get into the knitty gritty and break down some of the surprising effects of eating plant-based foods for breakfast. Let’s go!
Plant based breakfast foods can help you live longer
Experts and food scientists are always going to great lengths to let us know some of the main benefits of eating plant-based foods. Let’s break down the facts so that we can understand why switching to plant based foods and eating more plant-based breakfast foods can improve your health and may actually help you live a longer and happier life.
Vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and beans! Generally people that follow a plant-based diet or who eat more plant-based food are more likely to consume more fibre, potassium, antioxidants, magnesium and folate, not to mention a range of essential vitamins (A, C and E just to name a few).
It’s quite incredible that switching to a vegan diet or upping your intake of plant-based foods could a good way to get the various minerals and nutrients that you need to feel your very best!
Due to this higher vitamin and mineral intake in vegans, scientists have been able to demonstrate that going plant-based can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.
The American Institute For Cancer advises that at least two-thirds of everything you eat should be 100% plant-based as vegan foods contain important phytochemicals which are necessary for fighting off cancer and are also higher in fibre which can help lower cholesterol and manage blood-sugar levels:
Plant fats, unlike animal fats, are naturally rich in omegas which are also great for lowering cholesterol. This is one of the very best things about a plant-based diet as it can also reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and not to mention, type 2 diabetes.
Upping levels of natural fibre by switching to a plant-based diet is another sure-fire way to improve your overall health. Fibres are broken down to short-chain fatty acids that are produced by the gut microbiota enabling healthier digestion. High fibre plant-based breakfast foods are a great way to boost your wellbeing.
Eating a plant based breakfast can even help improve your skin!
Another real surprising effect of eating plant-based food is the amazing effects that it can have on your skin.
Through establishing a nutrient rich and varied plant-based diet, it could mean that you are getting more of what you need for healthy looking skin.
Generally lower in fats and saturated fats which are known to clog your paws, and higher in antioxidants which are the cornerstone for clearer skin and fighting against acne and redness, you’ll soon be glowing!
What is more, Vitamins C and E which are particularly high in all plant-based foods are also powerful antioxidants that can neutralize skin-damaging free radicals and leave you looking your best!
Plant based foods can improve your general mood
One of the ideas that you often hear discussed surrounding plant-based foods is the effect that it can have on psychological well being as well as your physical health. Although not recommended as the only treatment for certain mental health problems, a healthier, balanced and more plant-based diet can certainly improve your mood on a day-to-day basis.
Recent research carried out by experts and food scientists that have been published in the American Journal of Health Promotion have demonstrated that there may be a link between eating more plant-based foods and improving your mood.
Many participants of the study saw an improvement of their symptoms of anxiety and depression and even expressed that they felt more relaxed. Read this interesting journal article for a bit more information!
So what are some good plant-based breakfast foods?
Struggling to find a vegan breakfast that works for you? Here at PlantX, we’ve got you covered. With a wide variety of delicious plant-based breakfast treats, there’s sure to be something that tickles your fancy. Here are just a few ideas.
1. Porridge Oats
Why not try diving in with a delicious bowl of porridge oats. This fibrous breakfast is hugely versatile and can be easily adapted to your tastes and needs. Unleash your creativity and load up your morning porridge oats with a range of different and delicious toppings and garnishes.
Here are some of our personal favourites. Why not try combining it with a mashed banana and some delicious nut milk, or even try out an apple and raisin combination with a touch of cinnamon (we love this one in the autumn and winter months!). Simply combine all of your ingredients in a pan at a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Voilà!
Here on the PlantX site you can find a range of different organic oats (whole and rolled).and well as a variety natural and organic vegan toppings. Totally irresistible!
- Bob's Red Mill - Gluten-Free Oats
- Oat of the Ordinary - Oatmeal
- Earth's Own - Oat Milk, 1.75L
- Minor Figures - Oat Milk, 33.8 Oz
- Silk - Vanilla Almond Milk, 946ml
2. Fruit and Yoghurt
Vegan Yoghurt can be an excellent way to get everything that you need to start the day the right way.
Deliciously creamy and rich in calcium and other essential vitamins, a vegan yoghurt alternative combined with some fresh fruit is a lovely breakfast that is as versatile as it is healthy.
So what are you waiting for? Check out some of our amazing plant-based yoghurt alternatives, and some other bits which we think go great alongside some yoghurt on the PlantX website.
- Earth Island - Yogurt (Plain & Vanilla Bean), 150g
- Let's Do Organics - Coconut Flakes, 200g
- Eden Foods - Organic Apple Butter Spread, 482g