loading...

Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet Plan – EatingWell

5 minutes, 59 seconds Read
image

Whether you’re following a completely vegan diet or just looking to change up your routine, it’s always a good idea to focus more on less processed foods and eat more plants. In this healthy meal plan, we focus on plant-based foods, with an emphasis on beans, legumes, whole grains and nuts for protein instead of processed meat substitutes.

You don’t have to worry about not getting enough protein without meat, as long as you plan your meals accordingly—which is what this meal plan does.

Plant-based whole foods also tend to be high in another important satiating nutrient: fiber. Aside from its many health benefits, fiber also helps keep you full, which means you’ll feel more satisfied after eating.

We set this plan at 1,500 calories, which is the level at which most people will lose weight if that’s your desire. We also included modifications for 1,200 and 2,000 calories per day depending on your calorie needs.

What Is a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet?

A whole-food plant-based diet is a plan that focuses mainly on foods that have been minimally processed—including fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as canned beans. Plant-based is a broad term that includes any diet that tries to focus on more plant-based, non-animal-based options, like whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables. This can include people following vegan and vegetarian diets, as well as people who are trying to limit their meat intake to once or twice a week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 87% of Americans don’t hit their vegetable servings each day, so no matter where you are on the eating spectrum, it’s a good idea to focus on eating more plants.

See More: Plant-Based Diet for Beginners

Benefits of a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet

There are a ton of benefits to eating more plants. Cutting back on meat and eating more plant-based foods may help lessen our environmental impact—plus, we can give back to our local farmers and community by participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. A CSA is also a fun way to eat seasonally and try new produce.

Of course, there are health benefits too. People who eat a plant-based diet tend to have a higher intake of fiber, an important nutrient found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Due to the reduced intake of meat and ultra-processed foods, plus more fiber, a whole-food plant-based diet has many health benefits, including lower body weight and a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.

Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet Food List

Here are a few of the most common foods you’ll see in a whole-food plant-based meal plan:

  • Legumes: lentils, beans and chickpeas
  • Whole grains: quinoa, wheat, oats, farro and more
  • Seeds: chia, flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Nuts and nut butters: look for natural nut butters with just two ingredients (the nut, like almond or peanut, plus salt)
  • Fruits and vegetables: frozen or fresh
  • Fats: like olives, olive oil and avocados

How to Meal-Prep Your Week of Meals

  1. Make Lemon-Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowls to have for lunch on Days 2 through 5.
  2. Prepare Olive Orange Vinaigrette to have throughout the week.

Day 1

Breakfast (325 calories)

  • 1/3 cup muesli
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

A.M. Snack (305 calories)

  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

Lunch (325 calories)

P.M. Snack (116 calories)

  • 15 dry-roasted unsalted almonds

Dinner (442 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,512 calories, 55 g protein, 151 g carbohydrates, 47 g fiber, 82 g fat, 1,159 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Omit the chopped walnuts at breakfast and omit the peanut butter at the A.M. snack.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 serving Strawberry-Mango-Banana Smoothie to breakfast, add 1 clementine to lunch and increase to 1/3 cup almonds at the P.M. snack.

Day 2

Breakfast (299 calories)

A.M. Snack (200 calories)

  • 1 cup edamame in pods

Lunch (360 calories)

P.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted unsalted almonds

Dinner (415 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,480 calories, 53 g protein, 151 g carbohydrates, 47 g fiber, 81 g fat, 1,104 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Reduce to 1/2 cup edamame pods at the A.M. snack and switch the P.M. snack to 1 clementine.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 sliced sprouted wheat toast with 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to breakfast, increase to 2 cups edamame at A.M. snack, add 1 medium orange to lunch and increase to 1/3 cup almonds at the P.M. snack.

Day 3

Breakfast (299 calories)

A.M. Snack (266 calories)

  • 1 1/3 cups edamame in pods

Lunch (360 calories)

P.M. Snack (241 calories)

  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 clementine

Dinner (343 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,509 calories, 53 g protein, 163 g carbohydrates, 48 g fiber, 80 g fat, 999 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Reduce to 3/4 cup edamame pods at the A.M. snack and omit the almonds at the P.M. snack.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 sliced sprouted wheat toast with 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to breakfast, increase to 2 cups edamame at A.M. snack, add 1 medium apple to lunch and increase to 1/3 cup almonds at the P.M. snack.

Day 4

Breakfast (325 calories)

  • 1/3 cup muesli
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

A.M. Snack (95 calories)

  • 1 medium apple

Lunch (360 calories)

P.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted unsalted almonds

Dinner (500 calories)

Meal-Prep Tip: Gather ingredients for Slow-Cooker Vegan Chili so it’s ready to go for the slow cooker tomorrow morning.

Daily Totals: 1,486 calories, 51 g protein, 190 g carbohydrates, 54 g fiber, 70 g fat, 1,159 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Omit the walnuts at breakfast and change the P.M. snack to 1 clementine.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 serving Strawberry-Mango-Banana Smoothie to breakfast and add 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to the A.M. snack.

Day 5

Breakfast (299 calories)

A.M. Snack (200 calories)

  • 1 cup edamame in pods

Lunch (360 calories)

P.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted unsalted almonds

Dinner (419 calories)

Meal-Prep Tip: Reserve two servings of Slow-Cooker Vegan Chili to have for lunch on Days 6 & 7.

Daily Totals: 1,484 calories, 53 g protein, 157 g carbohydrates, 50 g fiber, 1,169 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Reduce to 1/2 cup edamame at the A.M. snack and change the P.M. snack to 1 clementine.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 sliced sprouted wheat toast with 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to breakfast, increase to 1 3/4 cups edamame at A.M. snack, add 1 medium apple to lunch and increase to 1/3 cup almonds at the P.M. snack.

Day 6

Breakfast (325 calories)

  • 1/3 cup muesli
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

A.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted unsalted almonds

Lunch (376 calories)

P.M. Snack (100 calories)

  • 1/2 cup edamame in pods

Dinner (472 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,479 calories, 59 g protein, 207 g carbohydrates, 63 g fiber, 56 g fat, 1,103 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Omit the walnuts at breakfast and change the A.M. snack to 1 clementine.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 serving Strawberry-Mango-Banana Smoothie to breakfast, increase to 1/3 cup almonds at the A.M. snack and increase to 1 1/4 cups edamame at the P.M. snack.

Day 7

Breakfast (325 calories)

  • 1/3 cup muesli
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

A.M. Snack (200 calories)

  • 1 cup edamame in pods

Lunch (376 calories)

P.M. Snack (95 calories)

  • 1 medium apple

Dinner (499 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,495 calories, 55 g protein, 193 g carbohydrates, 59 g fiber, 65 g fat, 1,272 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Omit the walnuts at breakfast and change the A.M. snack to 1/4 cup sliced cucumber.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 serving Strawberry-Mango-Banana Smoothie to breakfast and add 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to the P.M. snack.

This post was originally published on 3rd party site mentioned in the title of this site

Similar Posts

0
    0
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop
    Call
    ×