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What is plant power?

21st June 2018 by Jess

Are you listening to all this chat about “plant protein” and wondering what the fuss is about? Luckily our nutritionist Jess is around to lay down the plant facts.

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What is plant power?

When we talk about “plant power”, we’re on about fueling these bodies of ours with whole foods, like fresh veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and other plant-based goodness.

And the good news is you don’t have to become “raw”, “paleo” or “vegan” if you don’t fancy it - just reach for those plant-based foods more often than not. You don’t even need to go vegetarian, after all it’s up to you to find whatever lifestyle floats your boat!

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Do plants really have protein?

If you’ve ever gone vegetarian or vegan, it’s only a matter of time before a well meaning friend tells you that you can’t get enough protein just from eating plants. Well, hold on to your hats, because it turns out that eating a good variety of nuts, seeds, grains and legumes will make sure you’ve got all the protein you need. In fact, plant-based proteins have the advantage of also giving you carbohydrates and healthy fats, so you know you’re getting a blend of other nutrients too. Take that, well meaning friend!

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Remember that wholegrains don’t offer the best bang for the buck when it comes to nutrient content, and to make sure your body receives the most nourishment from your diet fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as fish and other animal-based foods (where your dietary preferences allow) should be included.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to her website at jessntom.com for even more.

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