Health

3 Plant-Based Swaps for Your Favorite Treats

A plant-based diet cranks up energy and makes weight loss effortless. And even if you don’t have time for an entirely plant-based lifestyle, making these delicious swaps can help you slim.

Instead of eggs, try tofu.

Just four ounces of tofu (about half a block) has more protein and half as much saturated fat as two eggs. And with this easy cooking method, it has the same texture as eggs.

To do: Drain 4 oz. of extra-firm tofu, then gently break up with a potato masher. Cook over medium heat with 2 Tbs. of nutritional yeast and 2 tsp. of turmeric for 7 minutes.

Instead of ground beef, try beans.

A cup of black beans provides over 15 grams of fiber, which signals the brain that you’re full — so you effortlessly eat less. Two easy ways to get the benefits: Load warm tortillas with black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and other fixins or go for a black bean burger.

Instead of cheese, try nutritional yeast.

It looks like cheese and tastes like cheese, but nutritional yeast is fat- and cholesterol-free — and it supplies a dose of vitamin B-12, which helps the body produce energy. To get the benefits, sprinkle it on popcorn, pasta, soups, and salad.

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