The intention and reasons behind sharing plant-based recipes
As you are scrolling through the blog, you might start to see a pattern in my recipes...they are all plant-based!
As a reader, you may be someone who is completely vegan or vegetarian, someone who is flexitarian, or you may be someone who eats meat/dairy products and is simply looking for new recipes to try! Because not everyone has the same lifestyle, I wanted to share a bit of the reasoning behind why I choose to eat, create, and share plant-based recipes.
The power of fruits and veggies- no matter what diet you follow, or which lifestyle you have adopted, virtually anyone can benefit from adding in more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Not only do these foods have a wide range of health benefits, but they can also be bought locally and seasonally, and their production has much less of a damaging impact on their environment when compared to animal products.
Accessibility- because not everyone has the same diet, lifestyle, or budget, I want to make recipes that are as inclusive as possible, and accessible to a wide range of individuals. Excluding allergies, virtually anyone can eat plant-based meals, whereas recipes with meat and/or dairy tend to exclude many people who choose (or need) to avoid animal products. Although some plant-based products can be pricy, buying grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, and veggies is far less expensive than many meat and dairy products, making these recipes a bit more budget friendly and inclusive as well.
Compassion- although this is not always the case, many animals that are used to create food are forced to spend their lives in unlivable conditions, and face horrible mistreatment. Most of the time, it is not just the animals that are used to make meat that are abused, but also the many animals used to create dairy products. Plant-based recipes help ensure that no animal was hurt, killed, or put in any harmful conditions in order to make the meals.
Sustainability- fruits and vegetables, as well as the majority of nuts, grains, and seeds, all have much less of a damaging environmental impact when compared to meat and dairy products. For example, it takes 660 gallons of water to make a hamburger, in comparison to only 21 gallons for a salad that includes lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers (according to www.waterfootprint.org). In addition, beef production is said to be the number one cause of deforestation, more than doubling the negative impact of palm oil, wood, and soy combined (according to www.worldwildlife.org). Plant-based recipes take into consideration the wellbeing of our planet and focus on ingredients that are more sustainable for our environment.
Now that I have shared a brief overview of the reasoning behind why I create plant-based recipes, I want to reassure you that no matter where you are at in your life, or what sort of diet you choose to follow, you are welcome here. These recipes are simply intended to invite you to add in more wholesome ingredients, such as fresh fruits and veggies, into your life.
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