Maybe you've already chased your mango all over a cutting board or been on a scavenger hunt for the avocado pit that finally popped out and escaped.
- And you totally gave up on pomegranates. Oh, yeah, coconuts too.
- The point is, sometimes eating plant-based foods can be hard. Not willpower hard. Physically hard.
- So we've got some hacks to help you easily eat more plants! Accent on the easy!
1. Drink your greens
Maybe you've heard this before, but if you dump a serving, or even two, of spinach, kale, or other leafy green in with your daily smoothie, you don't taste it.
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They're superfoods that keep you regular and keep you young! Try putting it in smoothies with fruits like pineapple, banana, or strawberries. Besides it being green, you'd never know it's there!
2. Easy pomegranate peel and prep
Pomegranates are superfoods too. They contain some pretty powerful antioxidants, and pomegranates may help fight breast and prostate cancer.
- They also help lower your blood pressure. That's if you can figure out how to open them!
- Slice a thin layer off the bottom.
- Cut off the crown.
- Make shallow cuts in the fruit from the top of the fruit to the bottom, like you maybe would an orange!
- Pry open the fruit. It should be in sections. Scrape all the seeds into a bow and get to munching!
3. Best egg substitutes for baking
We talked about substitutions in a previous post you can find here
, but we know that eggs are one of the most common substitutions that plant-based eaters are looking for when they're baking!
- So lets talk top 3 vegan egg substitutions. There are plenty to choose from, but these are our faves:
- Applesauce. 1 egg = 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. Just remember that applesauce is naturally a bit sweet so you may want to reduce the sugar in your recipe by a smidge.
- Flaxseed. 1Tbsp ground flaxseeds + 3 Tbsp water = 1 egg. Combine and let sit for 5 min before using. Flaxseed is also packed with antioxidants you won't find in eggs.
- Bananas. Bananas add moisture and sweetness and are best used in recipes for cakes, brownies, pancakes or similar baked goods. You will need to add a bit more of whatever raising agent you're using, such as baking soda or baking powder.
- You can always buy an egg substitute powder at your local grocer and have it on hand. But if you're in a pinch, try one of our options above and let us know how it goes!
4. Quick ginger peeling trick
Need to peel all that ginger you just bought? Use a spoon!
- With the bowl of a spoon in one hand and the other hand firmly holding down the ginger, scrape the edge of the spoon across the ginger to get the peel off.
- Of note, ginger peel can be eaten. If you're using it in a dish and not as a garnish, it's totally ok to leave the peel on!
5. Breakfast smoothie hack
Need breakfast on the run? Maybe you wind up stopping at a smoothie bar or fast food restaurant.
- We can guarantee neither are really all that good for you. Smoothies from smoothie bars often have tons of fat and sugar, and obviously fast food breakfasts are just crap.
- Prepare and prepackage smoothie ingredients in a resealable bag or container at home and freeze them. That way when you're in a hurry, you can grab one, dump in a blender, add some plant milk, blend and go!
6. Cut corners with convenience
It's ok to not prep a gazillion pounds of fresh veggies and have them waiting and ready for you to cook up your next amazing plant-based meal.
- Buy frozen. Steamable veggies in the microwave are perfect when you need to cut corners. So are bags of frozen fruits for smoothies or oatmeal toppers.
- Eating plant-based doesn't have to be hard.
7. Easy avocado prep
We mentioned this one in the intro because we know at least some of you will understand the avocado plight! And avocados are life. So we should know how to prepare them.
- Here are the easy peasy steps:
- Cut through the middle and around the pit.
- Twist two sides of avocado until they separate from each other.
- Use a spoon to gently scoop out the pit.
- Use same spoon to scoop out the flesh away from the skin.
8. Veggies in smoothies
Have we mentioned we love smoothies?
- Well, that's because they're quick, easy meals for almost any time of the day aaaaaaand you can hide lots of nutrients in them.
- Veggies you like. Veggies you don't like. Chuck 'em in there with some fruit, spices, vanilla flavoring and nut milk and those veggies are undetectable!
- Here's some we recommend:
- - Cauliflower (trust us, you'll never know)
- - Sweet potatoes (cooked will blend better)
- - Leafy greens, even cabbage and bok choy
9. Nuts are plants too
You can add almost any kind of nut or nut butter to your smoothies for a protein packed addition.
- Also, lots of different nuts can easily be added to your meals as well (nut butters not so much). Crushed up peanuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pecans, and walnuts go well in salads and stirfries!
10. Plant-based ice cream at home
Blend up frozen bananas with a tiny bit of plant milk for a healthy banana ice cream. Do the same with mangos, pineappple, or strawberries and have a homemade plant-based dessert.
11. A little known use for avocado
Did you know you can bake with avocado?
- Yep. You sure can. And no, your baked goods will not taste like avocado. They'll turn out the same as if you'd used butter.
12. Crush and peel garlic like a boss
Plant-based eaters are generally pretty big fans of garlic. We use it in everything!
- But it's so dang hard to peel, mince, slice. Whatever you're doing with it, it's probably a pain in the...you know.
- Gently mash garlic clove against a cutting board with the flat side of a butter knife, using the heel of your hand. Once the clove starts to crush, you should be able to easily peel it.
13. Be the plant-based snack master
Snacking can get a little dicey when you're eating plant-based. Grabbing that cream-filled Twinkie is a thing of the past, and Oreos, while vegan, are not exactly that great for you.
- Stock up on easily grabbable snacks that work with your plant-based diet or even a healthier eating lifestyle.
- - Roasted, seasoned chickpeas
- - Popcorn (in alllllllll the flavors)
- - Dried veggie chips (like the real deal, not actual processed chips)
- - Hummus and veggies (There's even a chocolate hummus now!)
- There are literally tons of healthy go-to options out there. Ones you don't have to prep or cook either!
- Did you learn something good from this post? Is there a hack that you didn't know about? Maybe you have a hack we should've included. Let us know in the comments! We'll incorporate it into another post!
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