Foodie Dané Vermeulen recently decided to adopt a plant-based diet for healthy lifestyle reasons. As a meat lover, this was no easy decision, but a sky-high blood pressure reading was all she needed to convince her to make a change. She shares her journey with Health For Mzansi readers, as well as a recipe for a delicious, no-bake brownie.
One of my fears when I decided to embark on this new culinary adventure was that I would have to eat buckets and buckets of salad to feel full after a meal.
It is easy to feel satisfied after a starch-filled meal like, say, yummy potatoes or doughy bread. This would stay within the boundaries of a plant-based diet, but it’s far from healthy. Over the years, I have convinced myself that any meal without animal protein would not provide me with sufficient fuel to make it through the day. Thinking about this now, I realise how absurd it is.
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed my body adapt effortlessly to my new diet. I eat smaller portions because my stomach is fuller quicker. I stay satisfied for longer and my cravings are minimal. You automatically eat less sugar because most sweets and chocolates are not plant-based and that is a massive step in the right direction when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.
When you give your body what it needs, you won’t feel bloated and uncomfortable, only satisfied and healthy.
The no-stress, no-bake brownie
This week, I decided to make something sweet, because going plant-based can sometimes be a challenge in this department. These plant-based brownies are easy and simple and they can be fun for the whole family. It can also make a great Christmas gift for your fellow plant-based friends or be a great way to introduce your friends to a plant-based diet.
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- Tahini or coconut oil
- Cocoa Powder
- Dark chocolate (creative option)
- Any topping you desire
Cook’s note: For every cup of dates, add a tablespoon of tahini, cocoa powder and a slab of dark chocolate.