Have you been taking part in Veganuary this year? Whether you’re going the whole hog (excuse the pun), trying to cut down your meat consumption, or even just thinking about trying out a plant-based diet, it’s now easier than ever to start the year on a delicious plant-based note.
With a little planning and some good old-fashioned willpower – it’s totally possible to eat healthier, cleaner and (more) plant based without resorting to just a salad every night, because honestly – food should be enjoyed.
While meat substitutes can be one of the easiest ways to transfer over to a vegan or vegetarian diet, always read the label as many of the substitutes on offer are filled with artificial ingredients, preservatives, sodium and processed oils. Whilst this is enjoyable as a treat every so often, eating a varied plant-based diet of vegetables, pulses, wholegrains, legumes, nuts, seeds & fruit can offer you all the proteins, mineral, vitamins & nutrients your body needs to thrive.
Eating the rainbow is a fundamental healthy eating tip. In fact, the variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables have enormous restorative powers.
And many of them bring their own distinctive colours. Eating a diversity of colourful foods can be an easy way to get a complete range of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive. And that’s why we’re expanding our range to bring you new colours, flavours and health benefits!
Antioxidants such a lycopene make the flesh of fruit red in colour and also helps maintain a healthy heart by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.
Orange & Yellow
Orange & Yellow fruits are naturally high in carotenoids, such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. These nutrients help protect your nervous system, promote eye health and prevent heart diseases. They also play an important role in maintaining skin health, boosting your immune system and helping build strong bones.
Green fruits contain a large amount of a green pigment called chlorophyll, a potent antioxidant, helping prevent the damage caused by free radicals to your body’s cell membranes. Greens are also a rich source of Calcium, Beta carotene and Vitamin C and when included in daily diet could help prevent anaemia and promote good health.
When the winters days are still dark, you’re feeling a little tired and there’s still some left over Christmas sweet treats around - it’s tempting to reach for the nearest sugary snack to give you that lift you need. What we really need at this time of year are nutritious snacks that fuel the body steadily, so you can munch between meals without risking a mid-morning or afternoon slump.
Fruit sometimes holds negative connotations due to the natural sugars they contain, but experts say whole fruits are a wise choice when it comes to healthy snacks. Although fruit contains natural sugars, most have a low to moderate glycemic index and do not raise blood glucose levels excessively, when eaten in portion sizes.
So by swapping those artificial based snacks to healthy 100% fruit plant based alternatives not only are you fuelling your body with all the natural colours of the rainbow but it’s also an easy and delicious way to 1 of your 5 a day.
Our Dragon Fruit snacks are now available on the UK’s only plant-based food delivery App – Zebra Plant Based. So you can get your natural sweet fix delivered to you in minutes.