5 Top Plant-Based Foods

5 Top Plant-Based Foods

Food is much more than a fuel we put in our tank to keep us running. At The Kai Box we don't believe in diets, we believe the best way to improve your health is by changing your lifestyle.

However a lifestyle change is never easy, especially when you have a full time job, running after kids, and rushing from one engagement to another. At The Kai Box our passion is to provide a service that enables you to achieve your lifestyle change while providing you with the necessary information and support.

So with that in mind we are going to list our Top 5 Plant-Based Foods you will come to love in our boxes and recipes.

1. Quinoa
I have to admit, I wasn't a fan of quinoa when I first tasted it. However it grew on me and it is now one of my favourite foods to gulp down. It packs a huge amount of protein, and is very high in fiber.
Here is the nutrient breakdown for 1 cup of cooked quinoa and your recommended daily intake of nutrients:
  • Protein: 8 grams.
  • Fiber: 5 grams.
  • Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 19% of the RDA.
  • Copper: 18% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 15% of the RDA.
  • Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 9% of the RDA
2. Beetroot

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like beetroot promotes a healthy complexion, increased energy, and lower blood pressure.

I personally create a beetroot smoothie before I go train as it gives me all the energy I need and aids in my recovery time.

3. Avocados

Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods. You can add them to salads and various sorts of recipes, or you can simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain. They have a creamy and rich texture and blend well with various other ingredients.

They are packed full of potassium, are high in good fats and fiber. You can even use avocados to make desserts!

4. Cashews

Cashews are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and plays a role in reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.  Like calcium, magnesium is also important for bone health which is the main content in cashew nuts. 

It is also an amazingly versatile nut that can be used to make creamy icing and spreads. 

5. Flax and Chia Seeds

Chia seeds originated in Mesoamerica, where the Aztecs used them for both food and currency. And while they won’t buy much these days, there are still plenty of reasons to stockpile them. First and foremost, chia is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 is the acid found in fish, and the reason that fish oil is so popular.

Flax seeds are another important component and available in both whole and ground forms, flax is high in fiber, omega-3s, and lignans, “which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75-800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

We use both in puddings and in smoothies.

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    • Fran Byrne

      Hi, I am interested in purchasing your meals. But, I don’t seem to be able to find on your website the areas where you deliver your food. Can you please tell me if you deliver to Takapuna and Pauanui. Thanks Fran Byrne

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