When it comes to diets, we know just how confusing and sometimes overwhelming it can be to find the perfect one for you and your family! Personally, I’m not a believer that ONE specific diet is perfect, but EVERYTHING IN MODERATION is good. However, according to several news outlets and reputable articles, some of the top diets to-date include:
- DASH Diet
This diet was specifically designed to help people lower their high blood pressure, and it’s characterized by a mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. People on this diet are told to avoid saturated fat, sugary beverages, sweets, full-fat dairy and some oils—and to eat less salt overall.
- Mediterranean Diet
This diet meal plan is high in fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fatty foods like fish, nuts and olive oil. It is also best linked to “better health” and “longevity”.
- Flexitarian Diet
This diet is a blend of the words flexible and vegetarian, where it encourages people to eat vegetarian most of the time for better health, but doesn’t call for cutting out meat entirely.
- Weight Watchers Diet
This diet works on a points system, where each food is given a number of points, and people are told a total number to aim for each day. Foods that are high in nutrients and are filling have fewer points overall. Sweets, on the other hand, are high in points.
- Vegan Diet
While vegetarians eliminate meat, fish and poultry, vegans take it a step further, excluding all animal products – even dairy and eggs. Additionally, one must avoid refried beans with lard, margarine made with whey and anything with gelatin, which comes from animal bones and hooves, too. Fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes will be your staples.
- Other Popular diets: Volumetrics, TLC Diet, MIND Diet, Vegetarian, Prescatarian, + more.
What works best for you?
Orchids + Sweet Tea took a sharp turn in just a few short months, where Vegan desserts became the star of the show! However, yet another transition happened, and using healthier ingredients overall became the mission for Orchids + Sweet Tea in addition to the Wellness piece. Today, many vegan dessert recipes remain true while other recipes continue to be added in hopes of joining in on the food-lovers craze. On any given day, I’m the one who enjoys a daily dose of Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks (that equates to a good glass of Wine in my head!), BUT instead, I chose to substitute dairy for almond or coconut milk. As you can see, the recipes on Orchids + Sweet Tea prove that eating GOOD can be a reality while using healthier alternatives to practice a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re new to Orchids + Sweet Tea, you won’t want to miss these POPULAR vegan recipes:
- Chunky Vegan Chocolate Chip + Pretzel Cookies
- Apple, Blueberry & Blackberry Parfait
- Vegan Fudge Zucchini Brownies with Pistachio
- Almond-Cinnamon Crunch Blueberry Banana Bread
- Raspberry Pecan Vegan Waffles
- Vegan Banana Pancakes
- Vegan Peanut Butter + Pecan Milkshake
Don’t follow a particular diet and you’re just a foodie looking for some additional flavor? Check out these recipes:
- Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken
- Shredded BBQ Jerk Chicken + Sweet Plantains
- Sweet Teriyaki Chicken + Broccoli
- Loaded Turkey + Veggie Burrito Bowls
- Classic Southern Banana Pudding
- Creamy Lobster Spinach Linguine
Are you missing an Ingredient or two? Visit our Ingredient Hacks page to find out the substitute for every common ingredient, so that you can still whip together something Ah-Mazing!