For those of you who are unaware, I lead a plant-based (and gluten free) lifestyle. This is down to a mix of my own personal biases, as well as genuine dietary requirements. In the year or so that I’ve been properly following this style of eating, I’ve found a few must-haves, so I thought that I’d share them with you today.
Let’s start with the not so exciting, but hugely important bit: supplements. Despite the fact that I try and get a balanced diet, there are nutrients that my body lacks due to not consuming any animal products – vitamin B12, especially. For this reason, I take a set of supplements daily to ensure that I’m getting everything I need. I also request blood tests every six months or so at the doctor’s to make sure that these supplements are working. The supplements I take are: B12 (1000mg per day – essential for those of you following a plant-based diet as B12 is found almost solely in animal products), a multivitamin with added iron (super important for me personally as I’ve had constant, ongoing issues with anaemia), Omega-3 in the form of flax-seed oil (useful for my back due to its anti-inflammatory properties), and a mix of vitamin-D, magnesium, and calcium. I’m certainly no healthcare professional, but these are what actual healthcare professionals have recommended that I take. If you’re worried, go and speak to your doctor or nutritionist.
Now for the fun stuff!
Recipe book-wise, there are a couple that I constantly find myself flicking through – Niomi Smart’s “Eat Smart,” and “Thug Kitchen.” From “Eat Smart” I love the Granola, Roasted Pepper & Onion Pesto Tart, Macaroni ‘Cheese’ and Squash Pizza. From “Thug Kitchen” (my most recent addition to my cook-book collection), I absolutely love making the Mixed Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna, and the Sweet Potato, Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas. Both these books have so many great recipes that you’ll never be bored!
YouTube-wise, there are a few channels definitely worth checking out: Claire Michelle just for general plant-based vibes, JessBeautician, Kalel, Liv B, Niomi Smart, and Pick Up Limes for great meal inspiration. There are a ton more out there, so if there are any that I should check out, let me know below (the same goes for cook books…I’m always on the hunt!)