It’s amazing that when we tell people we’re eating a plant-based diet their ability to distinguish what exactly a plant is suddenly disappears and the only food they can possibly imagine us eating is iceberg lettuce and tofu. With a little brain power, they might realize that thousands of foods are actually “plant food”:
Whole grains (oats, barley, brown rice, quinoa, cracked wheat, etc.)
Beans (black, red, kidney, pinto, garbanzo, lima, etc.)
Most anything you would see on a “Super Food” list
Everything you would find on a list of anti-oxidant rich foods
Fruits and vegetables of all kinds found in the produce section, farmer’s markets, and international food stores
Anything you would grow in a garden,
And thousands more!
It isn’t difficult to imagine how many hundreds of thousands of meal combinations are possible with so many different foods available. The amount of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that people are missing out on when they’re eating the average American diet of chicken nuggets and a soda is made even more astounding when the only thing that pops into their head when they hear the words “plant-based diet” is how we are getting any protein. This is how decades of advertising and conditioning from a trillion-dollar meat industry takes away someone’s reasoning when it comes to food.