While pasta and french fries are vegan, eating them all the time won’t help you reach your weight-loss goals. You need healthy, nourishing recipes that are packed with plant-based proteins to keep you satiated, complex carbs to give you energy, and healthy fats and fibrous veggies and fruits to fill you up. On average, vegans have a lower BMI than meat-eaters or even vegetarians. The reason? Whole plant foods are low in calories, high in fiber, have high water content, and are nutrient-dense, so your body will feel nutritionally satisfied. Let’s check the plant-based food below!
We’ve divided the tofu and veggies onto separate skewers because the tofu is delicate and sticks to the grill more easily than the eggplant and zucchini. If you like, swap halloumi cheese for the tofu for another twist on this combination.
Treat your Buddha bowl to a vacation south of the border! This black bean and quinoa Buddha bowl has the usual hallmarks of a taco salad, minus the greasy fried bowl. We’ve loaded it up with pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, and avocado plus an easy hummus dressing to drizzle on top.
Don’t be intimidated by these vibrant spring rolls–they’re easier to make than you might think. Stuffed with fresh raw vegetables, these stunners are an impressive healthy vegan appetizer for your next gathering.
Roasted shiitake mushrooms doused in soy sauce with a dash of smoked paprika become a natural, vegan alternative to bacon. Try them in this vegan version of a classic BLT with creamy avocado and eggless mayonnaise or on top of a salad as a substitute for bacon bits.
Classic coleslaw goes vegan in this easy barbecue side dish recipe. Eggless or vegan mayonnaise’s mild flavor is indistinguishable from regular mayo in this coleslaw flavored with Dijon and cider vinegar. Look for it in the condiment section of large grocery stores or natural-foods stores.
These hearty vegan tacos are quick and easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights. They are so tasty no one will miss the meat or dairy.
Those are super good food because it makes it so very simple: eat whatever you want, just eat a little less, or find ways to lighten the calorie load a smidge. That’s it. Keep doing that and you will lose weight, slowly, but surely. It takes time to put weight on, so don’t rush to take it off.