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Here are some tips to help you get started on a plant-based diet.
Fill half your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner. Make sure you include plenty of colors in choosing your vegetables. Enjoy vegetables as a snack with hummus, salsa, or guacamole. Eat lots of vegetables Have smaller amounts. Use it as a garnish instead of a centerpiece. Change the way you think about meat Fats in olive oil, olives, nuts and nut butters, seeds, and avocados are particularly healthy choices. Choose good fats Build these meals around beans, whole grains, and vegetables. Cook a vegetarian meal at least one night a week Start with oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat, or barley. Then add some nuts or seeds along with fresh fruit. Include whole grains for breakfast Try a variety of green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, and other greens each day. Steam, grill, braise, or stir-fry to preserve their flavor and nutrients. Go for greens Fill a bowl with salad greens such as romaine, spinach, Bibb, or red leafy greens. Add an assortment of other vegetables along with fresh herbs, beans, peas, or tofu. Build a meal around a salad A ripe, juicy peach, a refreshing slice of watermelon, or a crisp apple will satisfy your craving for a sweet bite after a meal. Eat fruit for dessert