Tips to Make Eating More Plant-Based Meals Easier

It should be no surprise that healthier living starts with what you eat. Getting more plant-based foods into your diet while cutting back on meat is a great way to jump-start your journey into creating a healthier you. While exercise also plays an important role in creating a healthy lifestyle, changing what you eat can kick-start the whole experience. However, eating more plant-based meals isn’t always easy. Here are a few tips that can make the whole process easier.

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While cutting back on meat used to be difficult, more and more manufacturers are replacing traditional ingredients with plant-based items. One example is Hampton Creek, which makes a product called Just Mayo. Rather than use eggs like the traditional recipe for mayonnaise, it uses organic, plant-based ingredients. These types of companies are making it easier than ever to remove products such as eggs from your diet and replace it with healthy pea protein or other ingredients.

Don’t Focus on Meal Variety

Thanks to cooking shows and social standards, people have an idea of what the perfect meal looks like in their heads. This often includes a plate full of variety. Keep in mind that there’s no rule that states how many different types of foods you need on your plate during any one meal. This is not to say that variety is bad, but it’s just as fine to eat just one or two types of food during a meal. Trying to fit too many on your plate can make eating more plant-based foods harder. Instead, focus on eating a variety throughout the day, and make sure you hit your main food groups.

Eat the Same Thing More Often

While there are a lot of great plant-based meal ideas, it can be difficult to come up with a new plant-based menu item all the time. However, you don’t have to. Don’t be afraid to eat the same thing more than once a week. Find four to 10 meal ideas you like, and focus on eating those over the course of a week or two. It’s perfectly fine to have the same meal twice during this amount of time.

Pro tip: Try to choose meal ideas that use many of the same ingredients. This will prevent you from having to buy tons of different ingredients to make your meals throughout the next week or two.

Make Your Meals Ahead of Time

The biggest problem with preparing plant-based meals is that it takes longer. That’s why it’s a good idea to make your meals ahead of time. Choose one day out of the week to spend a few hours in the kitchen cooking. You can freeze and store your prepared meals for later. When it’s meal time, just pop that meal into the microwave or oven, and you have a home-cooked meal in minutes.

Invest in the Right Tools

Sometimes healthier living involves investing in new kitchen tools. Having the right tools on hand can make preparing healthier meals seem less daunting. For example, some peelers can easily turn a zucchini or squish into long noodle-like pieces in just seconds. If you replace your traditional wheat noodles with these zucchini noodles, you have a healthy veggie pasta dish. Other tools such as preparing knifes and blenders make healthy eating quick and simple as well.

Herb It Up

One common complaint that people have about healthy eating is how bland it is, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Just because you opt for more plant-based foods in your diet doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of flavor. Spice up your dishes with dried herbs. While you can easily pick up seasoning from your local store, remember that many seasonings have more sodium and other additives mixed in. Instead, focus on buying your herbs fresh and drying them yourself. If you feel better buying your herbs from a store, choose brands that don’t put additives in their seasonings. Look for the staples such as oregano, basil and thyme. Most of the time, you can find these types of herbs in stand-alone form.

By using the tips above, you can jump-start your path to wellness. Living healthier doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is a little willpower and a better understanding of the food you put into your body. Most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up. Mistakes are going to happen, but the key is to continue adding more plant-based foods into your diet.

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The Natural Rug – The Cow Hide

Cow hide rugs offer a unique and practical addition to modern homes. While these rugs are well known for their rustic beauty, they are also amazingly long lasting and can even be a healthy alternative to synthetic rugs. It is no wonder, then, that many homeowners are decorating their living spaces with cow hide. Here are the biggest benefits of cowhide rugs.

Natural Beauty

Natural in shape as well as color and pattern, cowhide rugs enhance earthy living spaces well. Black, white and brown earth tones perfectly complement unpainted wood and red brick floors and walls. Patterns vary significantly on cowhide rugs and include speckled and solid colors as well as spots. For rooms rich in natural light, decorators may prefer darker or more heavily patterned cow hides. Conversely, darker rooms may be best balanced with cowhide rugs containing more light-colored areas.

Versatility

The variations in natural cow hides suit these rugs to plenty of settings, but the availability of dyed rugs expands decoration possibilities further. In contemporary homes, natural cowhide rugs can counterbalance synthetic materials and minimalism. Using dyed cow hides, homeowners can add a naturally styled yet bold statement to their rooms. The color range of dyed cowhide rugs is massive, but pink, orange and blue ones are not uncommon.

Durability

Cow skin is often turned into leather, a material known for its incredible durability. It may come as little surprise, then, that cow hide rugs are also able to withstand heavy wear without falling apart. Cow hide rugs are made from single pieces rather than smaller parts stitched together, so there are no seams to worry about breaking. There is no thread to unravel, and rubber pieces will not fall off over time. This easily suits cowhide rugs to long-term placement in busier parts of the home.

Easy Maintenance

Cow hide rugs are simpler to maintain than other rugs often are. If dirt collects on a cow hide, one can clear it away with a hand brush. A vacuum can also be used without brush attachments. When spills occur, a damp sponge can be used to wipe it up immediately. The cow hide will not allow spills to sink through to the floor underneath. Occasional deep cleaning can be performed with a gentle cleanser, such as a light mix of water and vinegar, using a moist sponge.

Hypo-Allergenic

When cow hide rugs are tanned, natural oils are used rather than synthetic chemicals, which can irritate the lungs of people with respiratory problems. Unlike synthetic rugs, cowhide rugs do not undergo a period of off-gassing after purchase. At the same time, potentially offensive fragrances are absent. All of these factors combine to make cowhide rugs ideal for those with asthma or allergies.

Cow hide rugs can be preferable to synthetic rugs for many reasons. With their combination of bucolic charm and aesthetic options, these rugs are a natural choice for decoration. The lack of maintenance only adds to the other benefits of cowhide for making these rugs a sustainable choice in homes, businesses and other spaces.

Music Monday #453: Say You Love Me (Jessie Ware)

As much as I love vh1 top 100 songs of the 80s, I love listening to new songs that I discovered while watching movies as well. I don’t listen to the radio that often so this is a great way to find new songs to love. I can’t remember this one is from which movies but I just love it just the same.

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Sizzling Summer Hobbies to Help You Enjoy the Sun

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The summer is the perfect occasion for exploring hobbies and interests. So, you need to get out and about and start examining the best hobbies for the summer. If you need a bit of advice and guidance for the ideal summer hobbies, you’ll want to check out my suggestions below.

Camping

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If you think about summer hobbies, one of the best ones you might consider is camping. Now, it might have been years since you’ve been camping, or you may never have been. Alternatively, you could be a seasoned camper. Whatever your stance, it’s one of the most fun and fulfilling things you can do in the summer. It’s a wonderful way to experience nature at its finest and have a more stripped back experience. Camping is especially awesome if you have kids you can take because they will view it as some kind of adventure.

Sports

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One of the best parts about the summer is how good the weather is. Even if it’s not boiling hot, it will likely be warm and dry. So, it will be the perfect environment for playing some competitive sports. There are so many sports you can play in the summer that the list is endless. Pick something you would play outdoors that you may not be able to enjoy when it’s raining. I would suggest something like football, cricket or tennis would be perfect. You can join a club or just play with friends while you enjoy the warm sunshine.

In the Water

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The perfect thing to do when the sun is beating down is to get in the water. You need to look for ways of refreshing yourself and cooling off. Swimming is a great way to do this, but so are water sports. Think about what you can do to get involved more in water sports this summer. You could get a jet ski if you live in the right sort of area. Of course, you’d also need a jet ski repair manual in case of breakdown. You want to be able to use it as much as possible over the summer. So keeping it in full working order is essential.

Barbecue

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Okay, I admit, barbecuing may not be a hobby, but it’s certainly fun! And it’s synonymous with summer which is why it makes the list. There’s nothing better than a lovely summer afternoon spent grilling and barbecuing and sipping cold wine. If you have a big enough garden, you might decide you want to have a barbecue at home. Send out an invite on Facebook and enjoy a wonderful summer barbecue the way it should be – with friends. The brilliant thing about barbecuing is that you don’t just have one crack at it. Whenever the weather is nice, you can get it out and use it.

The summer is on its way, and that means you need to think about outdoor hobbies. It’s a great opportunity to make the most of the awesome weather. So, think about what you can do out in the sun and start making a list. There is so much choice, and the goal is just to make the most of the great weather while you can.

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