Plant-based eating not only provides health benefits, it’s good for the environment too. Having a diet rich in plant-based sources is becoming increasingly common, especially with younger generations driving the conversation around sustainability. For many, switching to plant-based eating will be an important New Year’s resolution.
Relying on plant-based foods as a primary food source can have a massive effect, and if we all choose plant-based options even a few times a week, we can change the world. The greatest journey starts with the smallest step.
Showcasing the surge in plant-based eating, all products from Huel, the fastest growing nutrition company in the world, with a variety of powders and Ready-to-drink beverages, are plant-based.
What is a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet is a diet that consists mainly of foods from plants. Such foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Meat intake is minimal if any.
There are many reasons why people eat a plant-based diet including environmental, ethical and health concerns. I am not suggesting to eliminate meat from a person’s diet completely, however, reducing meat and animal food consumption is one of the quickest and simple ways an individual can reduce their carbon footprint.
What foods should we eat to achieve daily recommended nutrients, vitamins, minerals on a plant-based diet?
There are some easy ways to ensure, with a plant-based diet, you can get the recommended amounts of all nutrients:
- Eat the rainbow.
As different color foods usually contain different levels of nutrients, it’s important to eat a variety. For example, the phytonutrient, lycopene which is an antioxidant that protects against cell damage and gives tomatoes its red color. While carotenoids, another group of antioxidants, give fruits and vegetables orange and yellow colors, such as carrots.
- Get enough Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12, which plays a vital role in helping the body produce red blood cells can usually be perceived as tricky to get enough of with a plant-based diet. The good news is, it’s really not. As a start, try incorporating plant-based milks that are that are fortified with B12, and calcium and vitamin D. Cereals, meat alternatives and some soy products are often fortified with B12 too. Taking a B12 supplement also rids any concerns.
- Ensure adequate omega-3 consumption.
If oily fish is not part of your eating plan, then foods such as walnuts, soy and flaxseed are ways to ensure adequate omega 3 consumption.
Flaxseed is one of Huel’s six main ingredients and contains the omega-3 essential fatty acid ALA. Omega-3 fats are generally low in a Western diet and adequate omega-3 consumption is important to support cardiovascular health.
- Keep your iron up
Iron is not just found in meat food sources. Dark leafy greens, nuts and dried fruits are great sources of iron. Iron is crucial for oxygen transport, cognitive function and the immune system. Iron from plant sources can be harder to absorb, but again, there’s no need to worry. Iron absorption can also be increased by the presence of vitamin C which is found in lots of fruits and vegetables such as oranges and peppers. It’s where the idea of having orange juice with breakfast comes from – to increase the iron that is added to cereals.
Huel contains 280% of the nutrient reference value using only plant sources. Although this looks high, it’s to account for the bioavailability of iron and it’s interaction with other nutrients, which can also affect its absorption.
How can someone transition to plant-based eating?
Whether your motivation to increase plant-based foods to your eating plan is to improve your health or environmental footprint, incorporating higher amounts of plant-based foods can be achievable.
- Make small changes over time.
Start by eating one plant-based meal a day. This will be easier to stick with rather than making large, unsustainable changes overnight. If preparing a nutritious meal in the middle of the day is not easily achievable, and your nearby lunchtime corner shop leaves you limited with health plant-based or vegan options, then Huel is a good convenient and nutritious meal option. It’s a nutritionally complete meal providing all 27 essential vitamins and minerals with an ideal macronutrient split, with good quality carbohydrates, fats and protein.
- Make some easy fridge swaps.
A good place to start is by swapping dairy milk with almond or oat milk such as Oatly. The rapidly growing plant-based meat industry lead by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods is also providing shoppers with plenty of options.
- Change your mindset.
Instead of thinking, “I can’t eat meat,” think about all the wonderful things you can eat and how beneficial these are for your health (and the planet). Stop focusing on meat as the hero on your plate and rather, build your plate with new and nutritious food choices.
Huel was co-founded by James Collier, Registered Nutritionist with 20 years experience with the national health service in the UK. James is a renowned nutrition expert with over 25 years working in nutrition and dietetics. His experience also includes working in the NHS (UK) as a clinical dietitian covering an array of clinical areas.
Huel’s mission is to make nutritionally complete, convenient, affordable food, with minimum impact on animals and the environment. With this in mind, Huel’s products are 100% vegan. Along with the seven variations of the Huel powder (including a gluten-free option), Huel has launched a number of nutritionally complete products, including a convenient Ready-to-drink format, the world’s first nutritionally complete granola and an on-the-go bar which makes for the perfect snack.
HUEL BACKGROUND INFO:
Huel recently announced that the brand has sold over 50 million meals since its launch in 2015. Huel is available in over 80 countries and is seeing a surge in popularity around the globe. Huel also announced that the company expects its valuation to top $1.25B within three years, demonstrating the booming interest in the company’s line of complete nutrition offerings.
- Eat the rainbow.
New way for students to eat healthy during finals
(and all school year long)
It’s no secret that many students don’t eat properly. Whether its skipping breakfast, eating fast food for lunch or having a calorie-loaded dinner, it is hard for students to get the right nutrition and eat healthy. For example, with over 31 million Americans skipping breakfast each day, including millions of students, there is a tremendous need for foods that are fast to prepare, nutritious and affordable. Research has also shown that 59% of college students were classified as food insecure at some point during a recent school year, meaning they were not able to eat nutritious, safe foods consistently.
With finals coming up, it is more important than ever for students to get the nourishment their bodies require at this crucial time of the school year. To help students of all ages get the nutrition they need, Huel, the most popular complete nutrition brand in Europe, is now available in the United States. The brand is huge all around the world and has sold over 40 million meals across 80 countries. Huel sells a wide variety of Ready-to-drink meals and powders, making nutrition fast, easy and affordable.
What is Huel?
Nutritionally complete, convenient, affordable food
with minimal impact on animals and the environment.
Nutritious food is vital for a happy, healthy life, but we are all leading increasingly busy lives. So what we need is a meal that is both nutritionally complete and convenient. A food that has just the right amount of protein, essential fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
Huel is all this and much more. It’s vegan, lactose-free, soy-free, GMO-free, and it’s approved by Registered Dietitians. And it tastes great!
Why do we need Huel?
The perfect meal when time is short,
and you’re away from the kitchen.
Huel is convenient and complete nutrition, so it’s the perfect solution if you want to save time and money, reduce your meat consumption, improve your diet, or lose some weight. This is what Huel users are saying:
“Reduces my tendency to eat unhealthy food for lunch.”
“Cheap, nutritious food, no more sandwiches and chips for lunch.”
“I no longer have to worry about making a packed lunch in the morning.”
Huel is a perfectly balanced and nutritionally complete meal that students of all ages can prepare in under one minute. HuelPowder is a nutritionally complete food that is high in protein and fiber, low in sugar and salt, rich in phytonutrients and contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect food for those that need to keep the minds and bodies sharp for end of year testing. Huel starts at just $2.35 for a 400-calorie nutritionally complete meal and bulk and subscription discounts can be enjoyed by anyone for as low as $1.95 per meal.
Huel is real food, made of an ultra-fine blend of sustainable ingredients. Oats, rice, peas, coconut, flaxseed, and our unique mix of vitamins and nutrients to provide you with all the carbohydrates, protein, fats, fiber, and all the 27 essential micronutrients your body needs to thrive.A delicious, complete, and affordable meal in a handy bottle, containing all 27 essential vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber and phytonutrients. Perfect when time is short or you’re away from the kitchen.
Nutritious food is vital for a happy, healthy life, but we are all leading increasingly busy lives. So what we need is a meal that is both nutritionally complete and convenient. A food that has just the right amount of protein, essential fats, fiber, carbohydrates, and all 27 essential vitamins & minerals. Huel Powder is all this and much more. It’s vegan, lactose-free, soya-free, GMO-free, high in protein and contains less than 2% sugar.
Huel Natural Flavor Boosts, now with 100% natural flavors and sweetener. Huel has redesigned their existing flavors to make them even more delicious and launched some exciting new ones too. Add them to your Huel Powder to customize its flavor.
Each Flavor Boost pouch contains 150g of flavor. The flavors currently available are:
- Chocolate Mint
- Apple Cinnamon
How to use:
These flavors have been designed to work perfectly with your favorite Huel Powder.
Huel suggests you start with 2% flavor to the volume of Huel. So, for example, start with 2g of flavor (half a teaspoon) per 100g of Huel and then adjust if necessary. If you are measuring in scoops, you need to add approximately 1g per scoop of Huel (so for 1 scoop of 50g you need to add around a quarter of a teaspoon).
This means that there are roughly 75 servings per pouch.
Huel is far superior nutrition to most conventional diets. Huel can replace any meal or even as a between-meal snack. In this way it can be an add-on improvement to your diet to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs.
I am so happy that I started my journey with Huel. First, I love the flavor so much, it can totally satisfy a sweet tooth person like me. Second, it is so healthy and affordable, when I check the nutrition box, I was shocked by how great their ingredients is! Last but not least, zero food waste!
For those days I need food but I don’t want to cook, Huel is my life saver. I don’t need to waste a lot of time to prepare a meal and I don’t need to wait for my online order. Huel is right there for a great tasty and easy meal. It is perfect for a busy person, also perfect for all the people who ever skipped their meals. From now on, you can just carry a Huel and you have all you need in one bottle!
Huel can be a sweet gift for the coming Father’s Day. Let your dad know you care about him – never skip the breakfast anymore.