A vegan diet can provide many health benefits such as reducing cholesterol, aiding digestion, lowering blood pressure and improving heart health. A vegan meal plan can also be great for weight loss too, but what is it that makes a diet that is completely free of animal products so effective as a weight loss strategy?
Vegan meals are typically made up of foods that are high in fibre, protein, carbs, and healthy fats. But every vegan meal plan is different depending on personal preference. It is possible to create delicious and filling vegan meals and if you want there are plenty of meat-free substitutes for all your favourite foods. This can be a bit misleading because although vegan meals are typically low in calories, a lot of the processed products, like vegan nuggets, are really high in salt and unhealthy fats.
As with anything, vegan dieting is all about making good choices. We have put together a few recipes that you can easily make at home. The best thing about these recipes is that they can be prepared in advance. Meal prepping things like this means you have a tasty and nutritious breakfast in the fridge that can be eaten on the fly, or a dinner that you can quickly heat up. When things get busy during the week, having options like this in the fridge can save you from making poor food choices that will impact your fitness goals.
Overnight Oats For Breakfast
What is better than an extra 10 minutes in bed in the morning? This overnight oat breakfast meal can be made the night before, giving you one less thing to make when you wake up. This is also a pretty versatile recipe that you can swap and change to keep things interesting.
Oats are high in vitamin D and calcium, and using oats and oat milk gives a perfect vegan, gluten free base that you can add a wide variety of things to. Below are the ingredients for one of our favourite overnight oat recipes:
- 75g of whole oats
- 50ml of oat milk
- Handful of raspberries and (or) blueberries
- Flaked almonds
- Chia seeds
All you need to do is combine the oats and the oat milk in a pot or a bowl and then add the other ingredients to the top. Give everything a stir just before you want to eat. You could also use a mason jar instead of a bowl so that you can eat your breakfast on the go.
CousCous and Mediterranean Vegetables (Lunch)
Couscous is a wonderful grain that is high in fibre and a great source of carbohydrates and protein to keep you fuelled and full. The vegetables in this dish also introduce a variety of nutrients, antioxidants and minerals to your diet.
- 300g couscous
- 300ml boiled water
- 2 large tomatoes or a big handful of cherry tomatoes
- Half a courgette
- Red onion
- A medium sized sweet potato
- Red bell pepper
- Yellow bell pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
Roughly chop all of the vegetables and add to a roasting tray with a splash of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Place in a preheated oven at 180 degree celsius and bake for 30-40 minutes, giving the vegetables a good shake up once or twice while they cook. While this is cooking, place the couscous in a bowl, add some seasoning and cover with boiling water until cooked. Once everything is ready, mix it together in a bowl and make portions to suit your appetite.
Vegan Coconut Curry
This recipe is a perfect warm dinner that reheats perfectly and can be accompanied by rice, naan, chapitis or bhajis (or all of the above if that suits). You can even freeze it in portions and heat straight from the freezer.
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- Thumb size piece of fresh ginger
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons of curry powder
- 2 large onions
- Tin of coconut milk
- Green pepper
- Green beans
Chop onions and saute in a pan until translucent. Grate the fresh ginger and garlic and add to the pan along with the curry powder and cook out for 2 minutes. Then add the chopped cauliflower and peppers and stir in to coat it with the curry powder. Once everything has been coated in the curry powder it’s time to add the coconut milk and simmer for 45 minutes. All you need to do is cook your naan/ rice or bhajis and it is ready to serve.
If you are not the best chef, or you do not have the time to prepare your meals then you can order one of our meal plans which will give you healthy pre-prepared meals to easily warm up at home.
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