People who eat plant-based consume only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, natural sweeteners and certain soy products. They often refer to a plant-based “lifestyle,” rather than “diet,” as “diet” implies a short-term commitment, rather than a shift away from meat, eggs, and dairy. Many who follow a plant-based lifestyle do so for health reasons, as research has proven consuming whole, minimally processed plant foods reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cognitive and macular degeneration, cancers, and more.
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People who identify as vegan have made the conscious decision to avoid food, clothing, housewares, and other consumer goods made with animal parts, secretions, and by- products. They choose to do so for moral/ ethical reasons, for the environment, and for overall improved health. While veganism is often perceived as restrictive and limiting, many vegans actually see their world as full of compassionate awareness – for the lives of the billions of creatures and humans.
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie adapted from Going Raw by Judita Wignall
2 cups nut or soy milk
2 cups frozen bananas
2 Tbs cacao nibs, plus
extra for garnish
2 Tbs chopped fresh
mint, plus extra
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Garnish with mint leaves and cacao nibs.