You may have heard the term, “Plant-based” but are you confused about what it exactly it means? I asked Jen to clear up some common misconceptions about the lifestyle, and to explain exactly what the label “plant-based” means. “‘Plant-based’ is often thought of as synonymous with ‘vegan’” says Jen, “But in reality, it’s both a little more, and a little less, than veganism. A plant based diet is what is sounds - a diet focused primarily on foods derived from plants (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds) but more importantly, it focuses on the WHOLE form of foods. So while, yes, Oreos are void of animal products and therefore vegan, they are nowhere near plant based.
As athletes, we know that sculpting muscle and building endurance has a lot to do with how we fuel our bodies in the mornings, but we don’t want our breakfasts to just be nutritious… we want them to be delicious, too!
The ICE NYC Coaches agree, so I asked them which healthy and tasty breakfasts are their go-to faves. These are the morning-meals that get them out of bed and power them ON in the morning:
What you suspect is true: healthy eating does not come cheap, especially when it comes to health-food trends like cold-pressed kale juice, salt-free sugar-free almond butter, organic cage-free hormone-free salmon, and acai bowls. However, it is possible to eat healthy while on a budget. The secret is to plan ahead, know your taste-preferences, and to let yourself indulge occasionally.
This list of tips are basically the New Yorker’s guide to eating healthy AF.