Most people understand that eating plants are good for health. But knowing this may not be enough to make plant foods a regular and rewarding part of you and your family’s life.
In episode 12 of The Healthy Family Podcast, we are talking about the key to eating more plant foods: falling in love with them. During October (vegetarian month), I spoke with Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian. She shows us what “plant power” is all about and how these amazing foods make life better, more delicious, and healthier.
Sharon is a registered dietitian and accomplished writer on food and environmental issues. Her expertise is plant-based nutrition and she is author of The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life. She is also the editor of the acclaimed health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and nutrition editor for Today’s Dietitian. Sharon regularly appears in the media as a nutrition expert and presents on food and nutrition at national venues.
Highlights from the Show
- How Sharon became known as the Plant-Powered Dietitian.
- Why more and more chefs are focusing on colorful vibrant plant foods (There are over 40,000 edible plants after all).
- How to avoid overwhelm when cooking plant foods by combining shelf-stable items with fresh produce.
- The first of Sharon’s 52 steps to a plant powered life: make your goal and try it for a week.
- Sharon’s take on diets/tends that encourage people to exclude grains and legumes
- The truth about plant foods, anti-nutrients, coconut oil, and health.
- How to choose the best olive oil, store it and cook with it.
- What smoke point is and how it applies to oils, especially olive oil.
- Plant myths that drive Sharon crazy.
- Sharon’s tips for encouraging children to enjoy more plant foods.
- The importance of omega-3 fatty acids (different types) and whether or not vegans should take DHA supplements.
- Why more people are becoming “flexitarians” and how you can use it to eat more plant foods.
- How to take steps to enjoy cooking even when life gets crazy.
- Sharon’s “cook out of the refrigerator” strategy that helps her get meals on the table fast.
- Sharon favorite quick meal that’s perfect for this time of year.
If I were to offer one nugget of nutrition advice it would be to fall in love with plants. Because if you really, truly starting loving plants — craving their flavors, textures, aromas, and colors — they will start loving you back. –Sharon Palmer, Plant Powered for Life.
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Podcast Music: Corporate Uplifting by Scott Holmes