Five Foods to Include in a Whole Food Plant Based Diet

A whole food plant based diet is comprised of foods that are minimally processed and foods that are not from animal origin. This means avoiding or reducing highly refined white grains, foods that contain added sugars and added oils, and animal products, such as meat, fish, and dairy.

Athletes have found that eating this way has helped to reduce inflammation, helped maintain a healthy body weight, and improve longevity in their sport. So here are five food groups to stick to:

Whole Grains, like oats, whole wheat bread or pasta, brown rice, wild rice

Beans, such as black beans, chick peas, great northern beans, pinto beans

Vegetables, like squash, cucumber, spinach, sweet potato, peas, beets, peppers, kale,

Fruit, such as berries, pineapple, clementine, plums, bananas, grapes, mango, watermelon, apples, pears

Nuts & Seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds

Happy snacking!


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