By Khushi Pal
Published Feb 22, 2024

Hindustan Times
Lifestyle

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Foods to include in plant-based diet for optimal health

A plant-based diet includes minimally processed foods with focus on fruits and vegetables which help boost your overall health. Here is a look at nutritious foods you can include in your plant-based diet.

Fruits

Include fruits rich in fibre and antioxidants, such as berries, citrus fruits, bananas and pineapple.

Vegetables

Include leafy greens like kale and spinach and other nutritious vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower. 

Starchy vegetables

Potatoes, sweet potatoes and butternut squash can be healthy additions to your plant-based diet.

Whole grains

Oats, whole wheat, wholemeal, brown rice and barley are rich in fibre and promote overall health.

Healthy fats

Avocados, coconut oil, nuts and flaxseeds are some of the healthy fats one can include in their plant-based diet.

Legumes

Legumes such as peas, chickpeas, lentils and black beans are rich sources of carbohydrates and protein. 

Spices and herbs

Basil, turmeric, and cinnamon contain high amounts of antioxidants, which help contribute to overall well-being. 

Beverages

Soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk and cashew milk are healthy options as they promote cardiovascular health and protect against oxidative damage.