Research shows following a vegan diet can help improve cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar levels stable and promote healthy weight maintenance. That’s why eating a more plant-based diet is a great option if you’re trying to eat healthier.
Cutting out all animal products may sound difficult, but a little planning makes a satisfying vegan diet easy and exciting. The key is to pack in plenty of fruits and vegetables alongside hearty foods that provide filling protein and fiber, like beans, tofu, whole grains, nuts, seeds and avocado. Eating a variety of plant-based foods — and being generous with seasonings like spices and herbs — lends dishes added texture and flavor.
To give you an idea of what a 1,500-calorie day filled with delicious vegan eats looks like, we put together this sample menu, complete with cookies for dessert: