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A Variety of Different Foods For Plant Based Eaters

I've heard many people say "what foods can you eat as a vegan", implying that the foods for those who eat plant based are limiting. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I eat a large variety of foods and during the past few months I have been trying new things. I think it's important to eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you can from the different foods. Plant based eaters can thrive if they aren't eating just one or two different foods each day.

There are certain foods I make sure to eat each day, foods like spinach, avocados, ground flax seed, chia seeds and peanut butter. But I also incorporate different varieties of beans. I never heard of mung beans before I started my plant based journey. Now, they are one of my favorite beans. Fava beans were also unknown but with an incredible 10 grams of protein per serving, they are essential to help me build muscle.

I eat kale everyday, but just started eating red kale, just to spice it up. I believe the nutrients are the same for any type of kale, but I thought it would make it interesting.

There are also so many different fruits out there. A few months ago, I tried jackfruit. Although, not a favorite of mine, it also have a lot of nutrients and can serve as a meat substitute. Permissons have become a new favorite fruit after trying them last month. I also gave starfruit a try, but this fruit wasn't as good as the others in my opinion.

It's too bad that plant based foods have a reputation for being without variety, because there are so many choices out there. Meat eaters generally eat either beef, chicken or fish, so how much variety of foods are they eating?

Anyway, I'm feeling good as tomorrow marks 5 months since I last had poultry or eggs. I had no idea when I started the "Shred It!" journey back then, it would become a lifestyle change. But the energy I have and the strength I'm gaining makes me not miss the animal products.

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