20 June 2011

In line with MyPlate, walnuts offer a great plant-based protein source

The USDA has introduced a new healthy eating guide called “MyPlate” which urges Americans to eat a healthier plant-based diet.

MyPlate only contains 50% fruit and veggies, which I think is a bit less for encouraging healthy eating, but we can’t expect omnivores to embrace a plant-based diet so readily. The USDA also suggest "protein" and "grains" which is much better than the food pyramid that we all grew up with which included dairy and fats, let alone meat.

One food at the top of the list for MyPlate is walnuts! Walnuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and six times the omega-3’s than that of any other nut you could have in your diet! Walnuts also help maintain a healthy heart and lower cholesterol.

There is always the very misguided belief that vegan or plant-based diets are bland—no way! Vegans have taste buds, too, and we love food just as much as the omnivore!

You can add walnuts to all your summer favorites, from baked beans to salads, slaws, marinades, encrusting main courses and of course desserts. For some easy recipes on how to incorporate these nutrient-rich nuts into your diet, visit walnuts.org or pull out some cookbooks and get creative!

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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