This month at the Harmony Café, we are starting our new plant-based meal campaign. You may have already sampled our plant-based soups! During this strange time of Covid-19, everyone needs to consider their health, especially throughout winter. Therefore, we have constructed a menu of delicious plant-based meals, full of nutrients.
A healthy plant-base diet includes fruits, vegetables, potatoes, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Due to the high quantities of vegetables in a plant-based diet, it is considered to be far healthier than eating animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy. Instead, you consume protein in the form of legumes such as beans and lentils, which are packed-full of fibre to aid a healthy gut. Meanwhile, your saturated fat intake lowers considerably which, in turn, reduces your cholesterol and blood pressure. Many people have successfully lost weight by switching to a plant-based diet, therefore lowering the risk of diabetes or potentially contracting Covid-19. It helps to lower rates of cancers, improves brain power through the antioxidants in many vegetables like kale, spinach and carrots, and reduces the risk of heart disease.
A plant-based diet makes us more conscious about what we eat. As omnivores, we love to eat anything and everything! There is no point checking the label for nutritional information. Instead, with a plant-based diet we know exactly what is in our food. We know what it contains, how good or bad it is for us, and where it comes from. This is especially important these days because of contamination from Covid-19 and reducing the risks of contracting it.
Finally, a plant-based diet is sustainable for the planet. There are currently concerns for animal welfare, greenhouse gas emissions, and food wastage. Animals such as cows and pigs are killed for one choice cut of their meat and are then disposed of, increasing waste around the world and, sadly, wasting their lives. Even if we reduce our meat intake by eating a plant-based diet once or twice a week, the overall demand for mass-produced meat will go down, reducing waste and changing the poor living conditions for some animals.
Many foods we already eat are plant-based, such as veggie stir-fries, pasta sauces, vegetable curries, and soups, but they all taste so good we don’t even notice!
Join us at the Harmony Café and try something new and plant-based!