As part of the annual CKNW Health Series, this week we are taking a look at healthy eating habits.
Today’s topic: plant-based snacks.
With a wide range of diets and eating habits such as vegan, raw food and gluten free, to name a few, it’s hard to choose which is best for you.
Holistic Nutritionist Mandy King says in all the chaos, one thing to agree on is the power of plant-based foods.
“It’s shown to reduce cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and the list goes on.”
She says cutting meat for a week or even a day can have similar effects.
“You don’t have to be a hard core vegan or a vegetarian, it’s just about eating more plant-based foods.”
From cow-dairy to nut milk
“When you soak cashews in water, what happens is they go soft and then you can blend them in a food processor and they make this dairy like consistency.”
King suggests using almonds as a supplement to dairy as a way to be healthier.
One of her specialties: almond butter bites.
“They have dates, almond butter, rocket cow nibs, walnuts and hemp seeds. So one thing about eating plant based, people worry about ‘am I going to get enough protein’ and the answer is yes, if you eat the plant-based foods high in protein.”
King adds three tablespoons of hemp seeds have 10 grams of protein, which doubles as a healthy fat.
Protein on the go
“If I’m on the go or haven’t had time to make something I always have a few of these, Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein bars in my purse. There’s 15 grams of plant-based protein in one bar and because they’re fermented the protein is more bio-available and they’re really easy to digest.”
But she suggests looking at the sugar content when buying packaged snacks.
For those afternoon sweets cravings, King recommends the fermented tea, Kombucha.
“Because it’s fermented it has probiotics which are awesome for digestion and your gut health. It does have a naturally sweet taste so it kind-of kicks that craving.”
Jackfruit, a fruit native to Southeast Asia could be a way meat lovers can satisfy their cravings.
“The inside, if they’re not ripe, the inside has a texture like pulled pork, so it’s this awesome kind-of meat replacement.”
Adding barbecue sauce and baking the fruit for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees creates a great topping for nachos.
“You will totally wow people if you make Jackfruit nachos for them.”