Physicians and caregivers across Kaiser Permanente are looking into the health benefits of diets based on plants. Generally, this means following the advice of the writer Michael Pollan, who has offered this guidance: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
In fact, a group of Kaiser Permanente physicians meets regularly to discuss the connection between diet and health. Adding more unprocessed, plant-based foods to your diet can improve health in a number of ways. It can: reduce your weight, lower your cardiovascular risk factors, reverse your heart disease and diabetes, and lower your cancer risk.
A number of Kaiser Permanente medical centers host 21-day Plant-Strong Challenges. Physicians and employees alike are challenged to consume a whole-foods plant-based diet for 21 days straight. This means eating only foods that come from plants, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes (beans, lentils, and peas) with little-to-no processing. The goal of the challenge is to introduce people to a (likely) new way of eating that is delicious, healthful in multiple ways, and good for the planet. Create your own plant-strong challenge!
One easy way to enhance your vegetables, salads, beans, and grain dishes is to keep a tasty homemade vinaigrette or sauce in the refrigerator. Here are some suggestions
1. Dressed to impress: Easy and tasty DIY salad dressings on a green salad
2. Chermoula: The best sauce you’ve never heard of on roasted eggplant
3. Italian “salsa verde” on roasted cauliflower or a white bean salad
4. All-purpose lemon vinaigrette over crushed cucumbers
Among other dishes, this new lemon vinaigrette tastes great on seasonal asparagus or tabbouleh salad!