Seaweed is the ultimate plant-based food
Dry January is over, cheers to that! However, the trend for eating more plant-based foods is not just reserved for Veganuary. From vegetarian to flexitarian, it's goodbye beef jerky….hello king trumpet mushrooms!
Not one to shy away from game-changing trends, Jamie Oliver has launched a new dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu to his Italian restaurant chain. We hear that in some restaurants, vegetarian options are outselling traditional meat dishes as they pack in the flavour whilst reducing carbon footprint and being the 'healthy' choice.
[Pictured: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Seaspoon Seaweed Boost]
So, chefs are proving that a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes are far from bland and limiting. But if you've got Seaspoon in your kitchen already, you can pat yourself on the back as you won't need to head off out for a tasty plant-based bite! Our delectable Halloumi, pepper, aubergine and seaweed salad is a great place to start, which is also Gluten free (as are many of our recipes, just search our Gluten Free Recipe tag)
[Pictured: Seaweed chips]
Despite our tendency to label people – flexitarian, pescatarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, beegan….. the reality is that we’re all eating more plant-based foods, even the carnivores. This makes it easier for us to meet our 5-a-day target and we’re getting a better intake of fibre, vitamins and minerals for optimum health.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that a more plant-based diet can significantly reduce BMI/cholesterol levels and therefore the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers. Yet certain nutrients aren't easily found in plant-based foods and it's important to pay special attention to ensure sufficient amounts of protein, vitamin B12 and calcium are in your diet.
Seaweed is the ultimate plant-based food! All Seaspoon seaweed is...
- high in dietary fibre
- dairy free
- low fat
- a source of natural antioxidants
- so versatile, you can sprinkle it on any dish to make every meal count!
Special focus should also be given to sources of vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids which can be a challenge to find in a plant-based diet. Our seaweed energy balls using Seaweed Boost certainly tick the Omega-3 box thanks to all the seeds and nuts we have packed in and will give you plenty of energy to get moving and get outside.
We are big advocates of fresh air for the immune system and ultimately sun exposure is the best way to get your daily dose of vitamin D but we do understand that it’s not always possible and quite frankly it is freezing at the moment! You could therefore just go for the other, cosier, indoors option and have a bowl of cereal for breakfast along with our Red Berry Smoothie with coconut milk.
This doesn’t require getting wrapped up like an Eskimo and most milk alternatives, as well as breakfast cereals, are fortified with vitamin D for bone health - hooray!
The plant-based diet is clearly not a fad and neither is seaweed so together they will go far.