Disclaimer: This article was written in partnership with Splendid Spoon and Morgan, The Clean Beauty Confidential. Products were provided without charge by Splendid Spoon.
Curious about going plant-based but not sure if you’re prepared to make the plunge? Splendid Ambassador Morgan, of The Clean Beauty Confidential, and her husband tried 2 weeks of our plant-based, gluten-free meals and are sharing what they loved and learned about their experience.
Welp, we took the plunge…
For 8 years, my husband Tyler and I have been living that paleo/bulletproof lifestyle. From butter coffee to bacon and all the grass-fed meats – this has been our go-to way of eating. We’ve adhered to the 80/20 rule, of course, because vacations and football Saturdays just wouldn’t be right without a plate full of nachos, pizza, and a cold beverage.
For months now, my husband and I have been fascinated by the athletes (think Tom Brady) who have shifted their eating to predominantly vegetables. Not FULL BLOWN vegans per se, but a heavy emphasis on plant-based eating. We wanted to dip our toes in with this, but something told us we needed to go “all in” for at least two weeks to see how we felt.
When we said the word “vegan” out loud it seemed crazy scary. Where would we get our protein? What do we buy? How do we cook?
With a little research we landed on Splendid Spoon and agreed this was going to save us time, money and LOTS of food prep in the coming weeks. I have used Splendid Spoon in the past because I adore their soups and their new grain bowls – all are gluten free, vegan and non-GMO! Sometimes, I would eat them as they came and other times I would add a protein on top like grilled fish or a side of eggs.
So now, it’s time to give you the skinny on what we learned from our 2 weeks as vegans. The real real!
1) Meal Delivery!
I mean as busy entrepreneurs who work from home and have two small kiddos this was the way to go! We were eating wayyyy more nutrient dense foods with Splendid Spoon than we would have thrown together ourselves. The meals are pre-portioned, calorie-controlled and arrive ready-to-eat. From Moroccan Spiced Buckwheat Bowls with butternut squash and broccoli (one of our favorite bowls) to Coconut Curry with kale and cashews – these meals had us eating all the lentils, fennel, turmeric, quinoa, cauliflower, beets and more! Lots of color, flavor AND well-balanced.
Neither of us could deny the extra energy we had – even after the first few days of transitioning to vegan. After doing a little research we came to understand that consuming more whole plant foods containing a powerhouse of nutrients (and more carbohydrates by nature) will keep you going! Less animal protein can lighten the workload on your entire system as your body doesn’t have to use as much energy to digest your food – meaning more energy for you!
This was most likely due to the increase in carbohydrates (coming off of a higher fat/lower carb diet) which come almost exclusively from plants and can provide our brains with more glucose.
So, there you have it. I’m so glad Tyler and I got this urge out of our systems and got to play around with this full on shift for the past 2 weeks. I’m excited to take a “mixed” approach in our household and continue to monitor how we’re feeling in the gym, what recovery looks like, inflammation and more! Thanks to Splendid Spoon for supplying us with these incredibly fresh, plant-based meals. It was such a treat hearing the doorbell ring on Wednesdays knowing we would be teed up for the next week with real, nutrient dense meals!