Updated: May 9
A well-balanced plant-based diet includes the 5 following types of food, for our bodily needs.
Type 1: Fruits
Fruits are chock-full of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, which can prevent disease, improve digestion, enhance the heart’s functions, maintain balanced acids, and play a regulatory role in the body. Fruits contribute to the body’s metabolism, keeping us slim. They can also nourish our skin and inhibit the formation of melanin. Melanin is a natural skin pigment. Hair, skin, and eye color in people mostly depends on the type and amount of melanin they have. Special skin cells called melanocytes make melanin. If those cells make just a little bit of melanin, your hair, skin and the iris of your eyes can be very light.
Fruits should be chosen according to the season. In the dry autumn months, pears can be eaten raw, steamed or boiled, with ice sugar and Chinese wolfberry.
Type 2: Vegetables
Vegetables come in a wide variety of colors and families, all with corresponding functions.
Green vegetables are low in fat and high in dietary fiber, which can reduce the absorption of fat in the blood. Green vegetable cellulose promotes peristalsis, preventing constipation. Green vegetable plant hormones can increase the formation of enzymes, prevent cancer, promote circulation and strengthen detoxification in the liver. Green vegetables are rich in both vitamin C and beta-carotene, along with other important nutrients needed to maintain the growth of epithelial tissue, which sustains beauty. Purple vegetables such as eggplant, amaranth, purple cabbage and lentils have the effect of regulating the nerves and increasing adrenalin secretion. Cruciferous vegetables include rape, olives, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage and radishes, all of which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and immunity-enhancing effects, in addition, there are beans, carrots, peppers, asparagus, tender lotus root, pumpkin, okra and tomatoes.
Type 3: Mushrooms
Fungi clean the blood by eliminating toxins, so can help prevent cancer. The nutritional value of fungus plants is very rich, as they contain protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, along with many minor elements and minerals essential for increasing immunity. Fungi comprise a large family, including hericium mushrooms, agaricus, shitake, camellia edodes, bamboo sun, black fungus, tremella fuciformis, porcini, morchella, sea mushrooms, kelp, nori, etc.
Vegan pan-fry mushrooms with Teriyaki sauce, found the recipe here.
Type 4: Soy products
Soy products contain high quality proteins and 8 essential amino acids, which enhance blood flow. They also contain lecithin, vitamins and other minerals especially suitable for brain functions. Soybeans contain 85.5% unsaturated fatty acids (in addition to linolenic and linoleic acids), which reduce cholesterol while preventing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Fermented soybean products including tempeh, natto, and fermented bean curd are easier to digest, help lower cholesterol in the blood, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and strengthen the brain.
Ma po dou fu (Spicy Tofu), the recipe can be found on our instagram: Purelifepraha
Type 5: Cereals and other carbohydrates
Whole grains are rich in nutrients, supporting good health. Many cereals, such as soybeans and peanuts, function as a calcium supplement. Some cereals, including black sesame seeds and glutinous rice, enhance both physique and immunity. Grains are rich in protein, starch and trace elements. Taken regularly, porridge can be conductive to stimulating digestion. Cooking methods for cereals are various, as they can be added to rice, congee, fried rice, dumplings, flapjacks, fried potatoes, steamed corn, fried noodles, hot noodles, pumpkin cakes, and other dishes.
Vegan rice with creamy tahini tofu, the recipe can be found on our instagram: Purelifepraha
Now that you know the abundant variety of plant-based foods available, you can choose the cooking method you prefer:
Stews are rich in nutrients, and easily ingested and absorbed.
Baking warms us with a sweet feeling of happiness.
Sauces and marinades add color and flavor to any cuisine.
Exotic dishes give you more options and inspiration.
Dish decoration, fill your meals with joy, kindness and love.
There’s a Chinese saying: ‘Food is the primary need of the populace.’ Simply put, we are what we eat, so our daily meals are worth thinking about!
Thank you for reading.