All about plant-based diets

All about plant-based diets

  • 8 October 2020
Plant-based has been one of the most popular food trends in the last year. You may have noticed a large selection of products in the supermarkets with a “plant-based” label on them and more people posting #plantbased pictures online. But what does plant-based mean, anyway? Is it the same as a vegetarian or vegan diet?

What is a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet is a diet that focuses on eating food from plant sources, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and beans.

But a plant-based diet isn't necessarily a vegan or vegetarian diet and doesn’t have to mean giving up dairy, meat or eggs completely. The main idea is to make plant-based foods the central part of your meals, and limit meat, seafood, eggs and dairy. Although some people give up animal products completely, many people following a plant-based diet may occasionally eat animal products - the key is to emphasize plant-derived foods in your meals.

Why are plant-based diets so popular?

A growing number of people are choosing to reduce animal products in their diet. This can be because of animal welfare and sustainability concerns, as animal agriculture has a large carbon footprint and plant products use fewer natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage.

There has also been research which shows that plant-based diets may have health benefits. Studies have associated plant-based eating with a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower cholesterol levels, prevention of diabetes and lower rates of heart disease and some cancers.

However, it is important to remember that “plant-based” doesnt always mean “healthy”. There are many unhealthy processed foods high in sugar or saturated fat which do qualify as plant-based, such as certain biscuits, sugary cooldrinks and chips. Although eating junk foods occasionally is okay, a well-balanced, plant-based diet that focuses on wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds is one which may provide health benefits.

Another reason why plant-based diets are so popular may be because they offer more flexibility than a strict vegan or vegetarian diet.

Our top plant-based recipes

The dishes in our vegetarian meal plan focus on wholegrains, vegetables, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds, and we also have a delicious Beyond Burger Night Add-On Beyond Burger Night add-on. Some of these dishes may include small amounts of dairy or eggs, but plant-based foods are the star of the show here.

Here are some top Daily Dish plant-based recipes to try out. If you like them, why not give our vegetarian menu a try?

Vegan Stir Fry
A quick mushroom & bell pepper stir-fry. With Soba noodles, sweet & sour teriyaki & toasted cashew nuts

Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lentil Curry
Plant-protein packed kale green Thai curry served with fluffy lemon basmati.

Vegetable Bake
Roast veggies baked in the oven, topped with toasted panko breadcrumbs.

Curried Veggie Bowl
Caper and curry butter roasted cauliflower curry bowl with fluffy basmati, garlic yoghurt, and a fresh grape tomato and cucumber sambal

Gado Gado Bowl
Green beans, bell pepper, bean sprouts, carrots and red cabbage on a bed of quinoa topped with spice peanut sauce, fresh coriander and lime