Choosing a diet based on plant foods instead of animal products has far reaching benefits for anyone who tries it out and the entire planet. There is growing evidence that a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds) can play a role in reducing the likelihood or effects of chronic disease. Even the federal government recognizes that a vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest diets to follow, and that fears of nutrient deficiencies are overblown.
Choosing to eat more plants is also beneficial to the environment. Large scale animal agriculture contributes to climate change through the release of CO2 and ammonia into the atmosphere, uses a massive amount of water, and results in acres and acres of deforestation. At the rates that people currently eat meat, smaller-scale, local animal agriculture isn't sustainable either.
If you care about your health and the health of the planet, going plant-based is an easy choice! You don't have to entirely give up animal products (but the animals will thank you if you do!), but they transition into a supporting role while fresh produce is given its chance to shine. Some dishes that you already enjoy might actually be plant-based already too! Access to familiar favorites and exciting new varieties of fruits and veggies found in the share bags allows for some fun experimentation and a chance to learn more about what flavors you do and don't like.
Check out these recipes from the FRESHFARM Pinterest page that are 100 percent plant-based!
Spicy Seeded Sliced Heirloom Tomato Salad
Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal
Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Quesadillas
Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks
Purple Grape & Rosemary Sorbet