Raise your hand if you’ve heard the term “plant-based”? It’s not just a marketing term, but a movement toward eating more foods from plants. We all know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy lifestyle, and many families are looking to also reduce the amount of meat in their diets.

Enter the plant-based movement.

What foods can you eat on a plant-based diet?

Contrary to popular belief, plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean a strictly vegan or vegetarian diet. It’s sometimes referred to as a flexitarian diet. It means that your diet consists mainly of foods derived from plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and beans/legumes. Meat, eggs and dairy can still be consumed, usually in limited quantities.

The bottom line, a plant-based diet is flexible. No foods are completely off-limits!

What are the benefits of a plant-based diet?

There are definitely health benefits to a plant-based diet, including a diet low in saturated fat, rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (from all those fruits and veggies!). This can lead to a lower risk of conditions like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Of course, always talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes to discuss how it might affect you.

Plant-based diets are also more sustainable, as it takes less natural resources like water and land use. It can also help lower pollution and slow deforestation.

Will I get enough protein with a plant-based diet?

We get this question a lot. The short answer, yes! Protein isn’t only found in meat and dairy products, there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein including beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Our registered dietitian, Sally, dives deeper into this question and shares 20 meat and nut-free sources of protein here.

25 Plant-Based Vegetarian Recipes

1. Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

2. Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

3. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with Avocado Slaw

4. Roasted Chickpea Buddha Bowl

5. Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese & Arugula Flatbread

6. No-Waste Broccoli Veggie Nuggets

7. Arugula-Quinoa Salad with Fresh Peaches

8. Rainbow Buddha Bowl

Rainbow Buddha Bowl

9. Grilled Summer Vegetable Pizza

Grilled Summer Vegetable Pizza

10. Air Fryer Mexican Cauliflower Rice Taquitos

11. No-Cook Summer Rolls

12. Roasted Vegetarian Taco Zucchini Boats

13. Cheesy Eggplant & Tomato Penne

14. Hearty Vegetable Tortellini Soup

Hearty Vegetable Tortellini Soup

15. Avocado Mac n Cheese

16. Healthy Kale & Ricotta Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini

17. Southwest Black Bean Burgers

18. One-Pot Vegetarian Enchilada Bowls

19. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas

20. Tofu Vegetable Fried Rice

21. Cauliflower & Kale Pesto Pasta

22. Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

23. Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

24. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup & Roasted Carrot Chips

25. Cheesy Veggie Stuffed Shells