Plant-Based eating is riding a big wave right now. For example, recently, I purchased a product that I have been eating for years, but I noticed that now it says “Plant-Based” on the packaging. Marketers are capitalizing on a trend, so printing “Plant-Based” on the label is the new “Fat-Free” or “Sugar-Free” of days gone by. I studied marketing, so I get it, give the consumer a trendy label, and watch sales go up. I remember when Fat-Free was the rage and companies were advertising products being Fat-Free. Products that were then made with sugar and chemicals. Sugar-Free was popular too at one point, but the sugar was replaced with chemical substitutes that we now know are not good for us.
Last month I walked into a large grocery chain, and they were promoting their Plant-Based nuggets. There was a little green leaf on the packaging, and you know if there’s a little green leaf on the label, it’s got to be healthy; I write tongue in cheek. Intrigued, I read the ingredient list, and it had a super long list of ingredients most that I couldn’t pronounce. Processed foods need stabilizers and ingredients to give them shelf life, taste and to ensure that when we cook them, they hold their form. Chemicals to nourish our bodies so it’s always better to limit or avoid them, keep foods simple and as close to whole as possible.
A great example is the Beyond Beef burger. This heavily marketed burger tastes similar to meat. Yet, it has almost 20 ingredients in it, which would qualify it as processed food. So the question most people ask then is which one is better for you meat or Beyond Beef. That’s for you to decide. I would choose the Plant-Based option but limit my intake of processed foods.
The point of what I am trying to say is to read the label, simple is better, and truthfully no burger is going to taste like meat, without a lot of work in a lab. Experiment with some homemade options that taste different than beef, or try the beet burger at Copper Branch as it’s better quality and is very good. Don’t decide to give up meat and then stock up on processed Plant-Based foods, become a whole food eater and experiment with simple recipes that are full of nutrient-dense foods and minerals that your body recognizes as food.
The following recipe is fantastic, people love it, and it’s easy to make. It’s from Brendan Brazier, a Canadian Author, and Tri-Athlete who first inspired me to give Plant-Based eating a try.
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Ingredients (for two or three burgers)
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 cup raw almonds (Brendan recommends soaking almonds to improve their nutrition)
• 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
• 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (one of few alkalizing types of vinegar)
• 2 Tbsp coconut oil, hemp oil, or EFA oil blend
• Sea salt to taste
Process all ingredients in a food processor until well blended. Form into two or three patties.
Serve raw with salad or lightly grill on both sides.
Sheree’s Hack – Soak the almonds the night before as hard nuts require about 8 hours of soaking.