Healthy Plant-Based Meals And Ideas Your Office Will Love
You’ve been tasked with ordering office catering. They want delicious but healthy. So here you are researching yummy, yet healthy plant-based office catering options—and yes, they do exist. Think falafel wrap with all the fixings or a protein-rich salad and side soup. We’ve even compiled a list below of our top restaurant partners that offer plant-based dishes on their office catering menus in cities we deliver in across North America.
But first, let’s talk about:
- What a healthy plant-based diet is (and isn’t) and why it’s good for you and the planet
- The difference between vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, and flexitarian
- Ideas for how to follow a healthy plant-based diet in your office
What a Healthy Plant-Based Diet is (and Isn’t) and Why it’s Good for you
A plant-based diet is quite literally eating mostly plants. That’s vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, plant-based fats and oils, whole grains, beans, and legumes. Eating plant-based foods doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t eat meat, fish, or dairy (sometimes). But you mostly choose foods from plant sources. For instance, you may have a grain bowl with fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast, an avocado and chickpea salad for lunch, and vegetarian lasagna with a side salad for dinner.
A typical healthy plant-based plate would be:
- ½ fresh vegetables and fruits
- ¼ whole grains
- ¼ protein and fats (mostly plant-based)
- A glass of water to drink
A Quick Look at the Not-So-Healthy Plant-Based Diet
Not all plant-based diets are created equally. Just because it’s plant-based, doesn’t mean that it’s healthy and good for the planet. As one Harvard study found, it’s more nuanced than that. For instance, eating high-processed cereals with lots of added sugar and a splash of GMO soy milk alongside a sugary fruit juice is not a healthy, well-balanced breakfast, even if it is plant-based.
The Benefits of Eating a Healthy Plant-Based Diet
In the Harvard study mentioned above, participants who ate “healthy plant-based had lower cardiovascular disease risk, and those diets had lower greenhouse gas emissions” than those who ate unhealthy plant-based diets. However, this research also reinforced the fact that “diets higher in animal-based foods, especially red and processed meat, have greater adverse environmental impacts than plant-based diets.”
Healthy plant-based diets are well-balanced diets that provide all of the essential fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and proteins for optimal health and wellness. For example, vegetarian diets have been proven to increase lifespan and overall wellness, and decrease the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Another great example of a healthy plant-based diet is the Mediterranean diet, which we wrote about here.
Vegetarian, Vegan, Flexitarian, Pescatarian—What’s the Difference?
Within the plant-based diet world, there are a few key terms and differences that anyone following or ordering office catering should know:
- Vegetarian (VG): Eats plant-based foods and eggs and dairy, but no meat, poultry, fish, or seafood
- Vegan (V): Eats plant-based foods only and no animal products (including no honey)
- Flexitarian: Eats mostly plant-based foods and eggs and dairy, and occasionally meat, poultry, fish, and seafood
- Pescatarian: Eats mostly plant-based foods and eggs, dairy, fish, and seafood, but no meat or poultry
Tips and Ideas for Ordering Healthy Plant-Based Meals for Office Catering
Before we leave you to start ordering delicious and healthy plant-based meals for your office through Foodee’s corporate catering, here are a few guiding principles to follow:
- Eat mostly vegetables
- Eat less meat and less often
- Add healthy fats to your plant-based meals (like avocado, nuts, seeds, and oils)
- Add whole grains to your meals
- Add protein to your meals (mostly plant-based but sometimes eggs, dairy, fish, seafood, meats and poultry, depending on your diet)
- Eat your greens
- Build a salad or grain bowl as your meal base
- Go for fresh fruit for snacks and dessert
Foodee’s Healthy Plant-Based Restaurant Options for Your Corporate Catering
Here are our top suggestions for Foodee’s local restaurant partners that have a great selection of plant-based menu items, including vegan (V) and vegetarian (VG) options, but not limited to them.
|Foodee City||Plant-Based Restaurants to Order Office Catering From:|
|Vancouver CA||Komomo||I Love Chickpea||Meet in Yaletown|
|Toronto CA||Guerrilla Burger||Parka Food Co.||Village Juicery|
|Silicon Valley||The Plant by Local Kitchens||Well Bowlls||The Thai Kitchen||Pushcart Fare|
|San Francisco||Palmetto Superfoods||Kitava||The Bite||Healthyish Republic|
|New York City||Buddha Vegan||Inday Nomad||Just Salad||The Chick Shop|
|Denver||Hops Pie||Serene Cusine of India|
|Austin||Citizen Eatery||Bamboo Bistro Westgate LLC||Zaika||Moonbowls Austin|
|Boulder CO||Organic Sandwich Co||Flower Pepper Restaurant|
|Minneapolis||Vibe Organic Juice Bar||Bliss Acai||Agra Culture Uptown||Amazing Thailand|
|Washington DC||Rasa Grill||Fresca Taqueria||Bop Bop|
|Atlanta||Kale Me Crazy Buckhead|
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