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Value and Versatility in Choosing a Plant-Based Lifestyle

Notoriously, I am the picky eater of our family, that has always been my particular claim to fame. Our relationships with food are always changing and we can adapt to adjustments in our dietary needs. Evolving beyond our childhood mealtime reminders to eat our veggies, plant-based eating has become a transformational factor in our lifestyles. Current research supports including plant-based dietary choices as a means of boosting our overall wellness goals. 
Helping us to reduce health risks associated with unbalanced nutritional intake, increasing plant-based choices or opting for a meatless lifestyle helps us to improve our physical and mental well-being through a healthier diet. Before you bite into your next turkey sandwich, let's bite into the value and versatility in choosing a plant-based lifestyle.

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Value and Versatility in Choosing a Plant-Based Lifestyle


Consider a price comparison of meat, in contrast to fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Consuming meat and animal-based products often cost more than opting for plant-based proteins.


Less meat in your diet can significantly reduce your water consumption footprint as 1,000s of gallons of water is required for raising livestock, also contributing to greenhouse gases and deforestation.

Weight Management

Keeping fitness as our foundation for healthier living, try including these plant-based foods into your balanced meal plans-

Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries)

Flexitarian Focus

Our dietary options have expanded to include vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, flexitarian, and variations of each lifestyle choice. Adding flexibility to our meal choices, flexitarian eating reduces meat and animal products in your diet. With limited meat or fish protein added to your dietary intake, plant-based foods will be the greater portion of your diet. 

STEM Learning DIY Seed Science Projects

Here are a few exciting ways to have plant-based STEM science learning fun with seeds!

Seed Sprouts

Did you know that seeds contain an entire plant ready to grow from inside their shells? By simply adding water, sunshine, and a proper environment seeds will germinate and grow.

You Will Need-

- Sponge (antimicrobial sponges may not sprout)
- Small glass jars or containers
- Water
- Quick-sprouting Microgreen Seeds
- Paper towels

1- Cut sponge into smaller pieces to fit snugly into the bottom of the glass container.
2- Saturate the sponge with water then place firmly into container.
3- Sprinkle seeds onto the top surface of the sponge.
4- Wet paper towels to cover the seeds to help the germination or sprouting process.
5- Place the container into a warm area away from direct sunlight.
6- Observe the container to see when the seeds begin to sprout. 
7- Remove the paper towels and place in a sunny area.
8- Wet the sponge as needed as the seed sprouts begin to grow.

DIY Garden Seed Balls

Place homemade seed balls outdoors as a creative way to add flowers to your garden or share with friends to plant in their gardens.

You Will Need-

- Air-Dry Clay
- Potting Soil
- Flower Seeds
- Mixing Bowl
- Water

1- Mix together 5 parts of air-dry clay, 1 part potting soil, and 1 part flower seeds (native to your area) in a large bowl. 
2- Add water slowly to the soften the mixture into dough consistency.
3- Form the mixture into a ball, then flatten out onto surface.
4- Separate the mixture into smaller pieces to roll into golf ball sized seed balls. 
5- Move the seed balls to an area to allow to air-dry.
6- Place the seed balls outdoors.
7- Prepare for rain to water the seeds (or you can water as needed)
8-  Observe for a few weeks to discover when sprouts appear.

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