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We have a challenge for you to try? We think you will be pretty surprised at how good you feel after too!
The 30 plant challenge aims for you to eat 30 different types of plants in a week! This includes fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds and fresh herbs. It is so easy to get stuck into a routine of eating the same thing every day, the same breakfast bowl, a rotation of different salads for lunch and then your weekday dinner staple in the evening.
However, when it comes to being plant-based it is important to make sure you are getting in all your nutrients and different nutrients come from different plants. Therefore in order to have a healthy gut, variety is key!
Not only does our gut health affect the way we feel but it also has a huge effect on our mental health and overall wellbeing. Therefore rather than looking into the next cleanse to go on or supplement to take, you should be thinking about getting in your 30 plants a week. Whether this is in your cooking, or through a smoothie that you consume every day!
You might think this is hard but if you eat one different vegetable every meal for 7 days then you have already hit 21! It isn’t as hard as you think once you get started and you will also be surprised at how much you enjoy your meals due to the variety that you are having
Fancy giving it a go?
Here are a few rules:
One fruit only counts as one, no matter how many times you consume it
What foods count as plants?
Plants include all fruits and vegetables, legumes (peas, lentils and beans), grains, nuts and seeds.
Nuts, Seeds and Grains:
Cashews, pumpkin seeds, barley, quinoa, buckwheat, flax, hemp, chia, sunflower, sesame, oats, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, rye, corn, coconut, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, millet, pistachios, hazelnuts.
Green peas, chickpeas, mung beans, white beans, red beans, pinto beans, broad beans, red lentils, green lentils, fava beans, split peas, kidney beans, cannellini beans, lima beans.
Fruits and Vegetables:
Berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, peaches, papaya, apricots, plums, melons, eggplant, lemons, lettuce, rocket, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach, chard, fennel, celery, beetroot, onions, plums, cauliflower, cherries, bananas, mushrooms, parsnips, turnips, oranges, spinach, apples, rhubarb, leek, pumpkin.
Herbs and Spices:
Parsley, mint, sage, saffron, turmeric, thyme, basil, lemongrass, fennel, cumin, cinnamon, chives, pepper, cardamon, caraway, chilli, clove, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, rosemary, oregano, lavender, ginger, dill.