Plant-based dieting isn’t just a buzzword anymore. Once associated with kale cleanses and chia seeds, plant-based eating is a growing movement that boasts Paul McCartney and even Beyonce (yes, Queen Bey herself) amongst its supporters.
Going green – whether gung-ho or just part-time – can have a positive impact not only on your health, but for our planet, too. And with vegan options popping up left, right, and centre, it’s never been easier find tasty, plant-based meals.
Here’s a few reasons why you should embrace meat-free more often:
Do like the Romans do
They gave us pizza and pasta, so it seems those Italians know a thing or two about how to eat.
Popular eating trends like the Mediterranean diet sprung from the Italian and Greek style of eating in the 60s.
The bulk of their diet was made up of legumes, nuts, fruit and vegetables; with poultry and red meat only making an occasional appearance on the menu.
Follow the Mediterranean way of life and opt for greens and grains at dinner time.
It’s more accessible than ever
Long neglected by restaurants and food outlets, vegetarian and vegan fare is being seen more often on today’s menus.
Responding to increasing interest in plant-based diets, restaurants like The Groove Train have introduced vegan options or even whole menus that highlight the best of meat-free dining.
Not just salads anymore, these meals use fresh produce and other hero ingredients to craft delicious dishes that even the most stubborn carnivore would love.
It's good for you
We’ve been told to eat our vegies since childhood, but Mum and Dad were on to something here.
Numerous studies have shown that a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. It’s also a great way to lower cholesterol, and even that number on the scale.
While there are benefits to including red meat in your diet, it’s also higher in saturated fat and should be eaten in moderation.
The environment will thank you
Plant-based eating benefits our insides, but also the outside world too.
The livestock industry is responsible for the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to methane – a gas that warms our planet 20 times faster than carbon dioxide.
It’s also to blame for the rapid deforestation of land, cleared to make way for crops for cattle to eat.
Avoiding meat and animal products just one day a week can go a long way towards reducing our environmental footprint.
And if you find yourself wanting something juicy without the meat factor, there are convincing alternatives available. Plant-based ‘meat’ options like the impossible burger have become so convincing, you won’t even realise it’s not the real thing.
Wanting to take the vegie plunge? Check out the new vegan menu available at The Groove Train, with over 25 mouthwatering meat-free dishes to choose from.