Aim for 30 plant points
To help people eat a greater variety of plant based foods it helps to count plant points. Each plant-based food has a plant type score, which then contributes to the suggested 30 points a week.
Foods such as fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, beans and pulses, nuts and seeds all count as 1 point each – with herbs and spices contain ¼ point each.
Challenging yourself to consume 30 plant types a week may seem daunting, but once you understand what foods contribute to the plant type score, it can be achieved easily through snacking, cooking and trying different combinations each week. Wholegrains, nuts, seeds and spices all contribute towards your 30-a-week.
It’s important to highlight that raising your plant score each week doesn’t have to be difficult. It could simply be a case of blending leftover fruit and veg into a smoothie (rather than throwing it away), topping your morning porridge with fruits and seeds or adding extra frozen vegetables to your meal when cooking.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can reach the recommendation of 30 different plant-based foods each week and your health will thank you for it.!