Just jumping into any new habit can be tricky. If you’re currently a heavy meat eater, you don’t have to go cold turkey, says Andrea Nordby, head chef of Purple Carrot, a plant-based meal kit company in Massachusetts. Instead, Nordby says to swap out two meals per week with a plant-based recipe. “Slow and steady wins the race, and you are more likely to enjoy the process of going plant-based if you don’t rush right into it,” she says.
Add more greens
Adding a large salad to your day is another tip from Nordby. “It’s easy to avoid meat products when you add in one huge salad to your day,” she says. After all, greens are among the 10 healthiest vegetables. “Instead of packing or buying a sandwich for lunch, try a super veggie packed salad chocked full of leafy greens, legumes, crunchy vegetables, and a dollop of hummus to keep you full and help nourish your body.” Consider a salad mid-day. “Try a salad for lunch each day, and I promise you won’t even miss your go-to turkey sandwich. Pretty soon you’ll be naturally eliminating meat without even knowing it,” Nordby continues.