Black Bean Vegan Cheeseburger with Tempeh Bacon and side of Rosemary/Garlic Potato Wedges
It’s silly isn’t it? We’ve been told growing up to eat our vegetables so that we can grow big and strong. At times, some of us even sent to bed without dessert for leaving broccoli on the plate. Yet, when we tell our friends and loved ones that we are becoming vegan they are in shock, horror, and bewilderment as to where we will get our nutrients, especially protein. Have you had this reaction? We are sure many of you have.
Here are a couple of important facts about eating plant based vs. following the standard American diet and consuming meat:
“First, meat is devoid of fiber and other nutrients that have a protective effect against cancer. Meat also contains animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are formed during the processing or cooking. Meat also contains hormones, which increase your cancer risk.” Source: https://www.bustle.com/articles/137865-8-reasons-meat-is-bad-for-you-yes-even-chicken
“A study found that vegans have a healthier gut microbiome than those who eat other diets. This is thanks to the greater levels of fiber found in vegan and vegetarian diets. Having a healthy gut microbiome is more important than most people realize. Microbiomes play a large role with chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.” Source: https://thetylt.com/culture/vegan-better-than-meat
We know the most common worries… protein. When it comes to protein, most people don’t even know how much they need in a day. They also don’t realize that protein is found in plants.
Here is some excellent info about plant-based protein: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/plant-based-protein/
Also, check this list of the 17 best protein sources for vegans and vegetarians: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/protein-for-vegans-vegetarians
And here is something you don’t usually find in the Standard American Diet (S.A.D) (very, very sad), and that is sprouts! Sprouts are a living superfood! And we add them into many of our dishes! Learn more about the superpowers of sprouts here: https://hippocratesinst.org/sprouts-the-living-super-food
So, if you are looking for a nutrient-rich, plant-based meal, we have some great suggestions for your next visit to Fruits & Roots:
- Black Bean Burger / House-made with black beans, mushrooms, veggies, seeds and grains topped with pickles, red onion, lettuce & special sauce served on a bun. Sub a side garden salad instead of chips!
- Rawsome Greens Salad with Black Bean Burger Patti / Sprouts, microgreens, lettuce, carrots, zoodles & sunflower seeds tossed with creamy lemon herb dressing. Ask your server to add a black bean burger patti on top!
- Sun Salad / Sun sprouts, corn, tomato & red onion sprinkled with house cashew parm tossed with cranberry pear vinaigrette.
- Spinach Sunflower Salad With Tuna Chick / Spinach, quinoa, mushroom, sun sprouts, orange, apple & sunflower seeds tossed with tomato citrus ginger dressing Ask your server to add our house-made tuna chick on top!
Spinach Sunflower Salad With side of Tuna Chick
Visit our complete 100% plant-based menu here: https://www.fruitsandrootsvegancafe.com/menu/
We are proud to say that many non-vegans come into Fruits & Fruits daily. The most rewarding part of sharing compassionate, plant-based food is witnessing the change happen: seeing someone experience a satisfying, filling and delicious meal, realizing they feel great and not weighed down, with their bellies full of nutritious food.
You have taken giant step toward good health. Hooray to you for making this decision and pushing through the negativity when you shared your new life with others! And you know what? When your family and friends see you begin to glow, don’t be surprised if they start to inquire more about precisely what you are eating!