What We're Discussing Now: Plant-based Proteins | Sept 2019

Caring for the Planet through whatโ€™s on our Plates

Plant-based proteins and meat alternatives

๐ŸŒฟ File this under #PlantPower: As nature enthusiasts & advocates for the Environment, we love to see the mass adoption of vegetarian eating and meat alternatives that help significantly reduce the impact of our food consumption on the Earth ๐ŸŒŽ Tofu, lentils, chickpeas, oh my! The options are diverse and delicious.

๐Ÿ– Meat-alternatives driven by plant-based proteins like @BeyondMeat, aim to reform meat-eaters by engineering the taste, texture and look of traditional meat categories (beef, chicken, turkey). ๐Ÿง€ @FieldRoast sausages & foods mimic the familiar taste of home-cooked comfort foods, but made with grains, veggies, legumes & spices (TIP: delish recipes on their site). For those "where-do-i-get-my-protein?" folks, gram-for-gram, lentils actually have more protein than beef (+ plant-based proteins are much easier for your body to process and digest). ๐Ÿฅ‘ Love starting your day with a smoothie? Check out our favorite plant-based nutritional sups from @Welleco (by @ellemacphersonofficial), @moonjuice, @SunPotion & @GardenofLife ๐Ÿฒ

A few notable vegetarian-friendly cookbooks chock full of flavorful recipes: Yotam @Ottolenghi's Plenty, @NigelSlater's EAT, @MattPrescott's Food is the Solution and @LauraLeaBalanced signature cookbook.

๐Ÿงผ After all of that cooking, you'll need our go-to non-toxic, plant-powered cleaning supplies @ECOSlaundry - quite possibly the "greenest company in ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ", as their operating principles & practices reflect this. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธIn @amandalittletripโ€™s recent interview with @goop, they discuss her recent book, The Fate of Food; when asked how tech & design can help us innovate, she states "Scientists are using breeding tools to create nutritious heirloom crops that can withstand drought and heat; theyโ€™re developing new weeding robots. Engineers are creating drones and soil sensors to grow crops with greater precision and less input, in ways that mimic natural systems and are better for the soil. Farmers are growing leafy greens and berries with 90% less water using drip and microsprinkler systems."

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Our friend @thelizdee of @smarties, launched @VeganLadyBoss in 2016, a global network of vegan women driving positive change, advocacy and community. [Art by @yuni_yoshida]

Mary Elise Chavez