By: Julie Anderson Newsom
Designed by Healthy IU's Registered Dietitian, Steven Lalevich, the Back to Our Roots: Plant-Eating Challenge encourages participants to increase the amount of plant-based foods they eat, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, herbs, and spices.
Lalevich says the focus on adding to our diet is intentional. “Often times, people think that improving their diet means eating less of certain things or overall. But Back to Our Roots isn’t about taking away anything from what we currently eat. It’s about focusing on all the great foods we can add.”
Plant-based foods are a rich part of our diets for many reasons, including their anti-inflammatory effects and beneficial effects on gut bacteria. Eating a variety of plant foods also helps us get essential nutrients that fuel our bodies from head to toe.
During the challenge, participants will track the plant-based foods they eat each week. Along the way, they’ll also receive helpful tips and encouragement for adding plant-based foods to their meals and snacks.
“Back to Our Roots is an opportunity to branch out and try something different. I hope that people enjoy using the challenge as a way to discover and explore new foods and flavors,” says Lalevich.
The 3-week challenge starts April 2. Registration is open now.
Sneak More Plant Foods into Your Day
Here’s a tip from Steven Lalevich, RD: “A great way to sneak in more plants is to use a variety of herbs and spices. Not only do herbs and spices make food taste great, they are a terrific source of many anti-inflammatory compounds that are great for our health, too.”
Page updated: February 2018
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