I know what you’re thinking – a post about healthy dairy alternatives, really? But hear me out, this is worth learning about. I’ve always been a lover of dairy, but as soon as I joined the healthy eating band wagon all I heard was “avoid excess dairy – it’ll hinder your progress!”. Milk, yoghurt, cheese – you name it, I love it, so being indirectly criticized for consuming it wasn’t ideal. Don’t get me wrong, a small amount of dairy in your diet is fine, but in hindsight I was eating/drinking way more than I should be – and I still am to some extent. But come on, what’s a spag bol without a cheese mountain – am I wrong? So, it was time to find an healthy alternative, which just happened to be Alpro. Ok, so the Cathedral City Cheddar couldn’t be replaced – but thanks to Alpro the milk and yoghurt could, as the various drinks, yoghurt, creams and desserts they produce are all made with a rather large sprinkling of plant power.
Plant power – what is it?
The Mediterranean ‘Plant Based Diet’ is one that focuses on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes – whilst excluding/minimizing meat, dairy products, eggs and highly refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. Alpro promotes the motto: “Eat more plant based foods and you will eat well and live lighter”, which is something I completely agree with. I’m all for treating my body respectfully, you only get one shot after all, so this concept of eating a plant based diet is spot on in my opinion. Soya, hazelnuts, almonds, coconut and rice are just a few of the key healthy ingredients that Alpro swear by – all of which I happen to love!
Plant power – why is it good for me?
So, the pros? There is high quality vegetable protein in soya, beneficial fatty acids in nuts and of course plenty of vitamins and antioxidants in fruit. And the cons? Well, none really. Alpro, among other professionals, say that plant based foods tend to be low in ‘bad’ saturated fats, and are naturally lactose free. Result! And to top it off, Alpro never add artificial flavourings, colours or preservatives to their products. So really guys, you need to get yourselves to your local supermarket asap.
Plant power – why is it good for the planet?
Alpro have kindly thrown together a few little facts for us, and who knew that soya drinks use 2.5 times less water to produce than milk, 3 times less land, and create 5 times less Co2? Aside from that, Alpro also source their beans directly from farms where soya beans have been grown for many years, avoiding farms that are on land that has been reclaimed or deforested, whilst completely excluding any genetically modified ingredients from their products.
Where do I go from here?
According to the pro’s, all you need to do is live by the “two thirds to one third” rule. If you ensure that your meal consists of 2/3 plant based food and 1/3 other ingredients, you’ll soon be feeling all uplifted and healthy.
There are so many more benefits to their products that you can read about over on their website, but I really wanted to write a post where I could highlight a few of the most important facts with the hope of sharing why plant based foods are so brilliant. I’m far from a solid plant based diet at this moment in time, but it’s something I’m really going to look into and hopefully introduce into my life slowly but surely. Your diet it such a crucial part of your existence and is really worth getting to know a little better – so experimenting with your food is something we should all do now and then. I’ll let you know if I end up switching to the plant based life! Do any of you follow the “two thirds to one third” rule?
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