Plant-Based Power-Up for You and the Planet

Many people are switching to a plant-based diet, and two main motivating factors are improving personal health and the health of the environment. If you’re looking to fuel your body better while also protecting planet Earth, this once-futuristic way of eating may be just the mission you’ve been looking to join. 



What is Plant-Based Eating?


“Plant-based” doesn’t have a standard definition, so it can look different from person to person. For some, a plant-based diet means vegan, while others identify as vegetarian or flexitarian. This differs from the standard western diet, characterized by a large intake of saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar from animal products and ultra-processed foods and a low intake of fibre-rich whole plant foods.


Generally, plant-based eating indicates a diet pattern based on plants that minimizes or excludes animal products. Someone who follows a plant-based diet eats fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. They avoid or consume only small amounts of animal products, like meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and eggs.  


Flying High in Health, Powered by Plants  


One prominent reason behind adopting a plant-based diet is that it supports health outcomes1 better than the standard western diet. Research shows that a diet rich in whole and minimally processed plant foods can reduce the risk for obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other chronic conditions. On the other hand, the western diet has been associated with2 a higher risk for obesity, chronic disease, and early death.  

Plants are the only source of fibre, a cosmic carbohydrate for digestive and heart health. They also contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and unique plant compounds that help protect against disease. 


Help Protect the Planet at the Speed of Light 


Eating more plants benefits planet Earth and all of its inhabitants. Plants require significantly fewer natural resources to produce than animal products. For example, beef cattle are an enormous emitter of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming and climate change nearly as much as transportation. 

Modern animal farming requires significant global land for grazing and growing crops to feed farmed animals. This has led to Amazon rainforest destruction3 and harm to species that live there. Furthermore, chemical runoff from modern farms leaches into soil and groundwater. It even promotes dead zones4, areas in the ocean where there is no longer enough oxygen for anything to survive. 



Feeling inspired and ready for a blast-off? Here are some simple ways to get more plants on your plate in 3…2…1. 



Easily Fuel Your Jets with More Plants


    • Substitute legumes for meat. Beans, peas, lentils, and soy products like tofu and tempeh work wonders in a traditionally meat-centered dish, but you may want to keep the serving size smaller if you’re following a low-carb lifestyle. Try crumbled tofu in place of eggs for a breakfast scramble. Beans, lentils, and crumbled tempeh provide a nice texture for chilis, stews, taco and burrito fillings, and soup. Lower-carb legumes include snow peas, soy, peanuts, and green beans.  


    • Gravitate toward fruits and vegetables. We should all eat more produce anyway, and a plant-based diet makes this an easier habit. Try apples with nut butter, add berries to your oatmeal, blend greens into smoothies, sauté mushrooms and peppers for fajitas, or serve every dinner with a side salad.  


    • See where you land with plant milk. Milk made from soy, peas, oats, rice, cashews, and almonds can be used in place of dairy. Try it in your cereal, in recipes for baked goods, soups, and smoothies, or to dip your cookies.  


    • Go galactic with grains. Grains offer fibre, vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates that help keep you satisfied. Try a plethora of brown rice, quinoa, oats, millet, teff, and whole wheat. Carbonaut makes loaves of tasty breads and gluten free granola, bagels, and tortillas.  


    • Make nuts and seeds star players. Nuts and seeds are a source of healthy fats, fibre, and protein. Enjoy nut or seed butter spread on toast, served with fruit, or mixed into oatmeal and smoothies. Add whole nuts and seeds to salads, grain dishes, trail mix, and granola bowls or add some of Carbonaut’s new granola, available in 4 varieties.



Plant-based diets are the way of the future, and the time to get on board is now. Not only are plants delicious and packed with nutrition, but they also support your long-term health. Plus, switching to a plant-based diet can help ease the burden on the environment for centuries to come.


1 Craig WJ, Mangels AR, Fresán U, Marsh K, Miles FL, Saunders AV, Haddad EH, Heskey CE, Johnston P, Larson-Meyer E, Orlich M. The Safe and Effective Use of Plant-Based Diets with Guidelines for Health Professionals. Nutrients. 2021 Nov 19;13(11):4144.
2 Kopp W. How Western Diet And Lifestyle Drive The Pandemic Of Obesity And Civilization Diseases. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2019 Oct 24;12:2221-2236.
3 Ellwanger JH, Kulmann-Leal B, Kaminski VL, Valverde-Villegas JM, Veiga ABGD, Spilki FR, Fearnside PM, Caesar L, Giatti LL, Wallau GL, Almeida SEM, Borba MR, Hora VPD, Chies JAB. Beyond diversity loss and climate change: Impacts of Amazon deforestation on infectious diseases and public health. An Acad Bras Cienc. 2020 Apr 17;92(1):e20191375.
4 Dead Zone | National Geographic Society. (n.d.). ‌