How Do You #GoNuts4Plants? Instagram Contest Winners Tell All!

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I want to thank everyone who followed and participated in my recent Instagram collaboration with Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit! In our #gonuts4plants contest, we asked you to share a photo of your favorite plant-based food or meal and tell us how it helps you live a healthy life.

We had a lot of fun collecting photos of your meals and snacks! I hope the stories our three winner share here inspire you to start your own health journey or stick with the path you’re on right now. Read on for great meal ideas and prep tips!

1st place — Christian

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Her story:

What first prompted you to start adopting a healthier lifestyle?

I was prompted to adopt a healthier lifestyle after I realized that my diet and lack of exercise was contributing to my constant fatigue. I noticed how out of shape I was when I went to Mexico with my 21-year-old niece and she had boundless energy and I was dead on my feet at the end of the day. I decided to start eating better and exercising more after I got back.

Tell us a little more about the kale salad you posted for the contest. What’s your favorite thing about it? How often do you make it?

I love how healthy yet tasty it is. I like how I can change it up and add different toppings and dressings for different flavors so it’s not exactly the same every time. I probably eat it 3 to 4 times a day, usually as a part of lunch. And it’s something I really enjoy, and I know it’s very healthy for my body. I try to aim for eating to nourish my body instead of eating for entertainment or comfort.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with others who are on the journey to better health?

I would tell people that a journey to health is that — a journey, not a sprint. It won’t happen overnight. And don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. Sometimes I catch myself thinking I should weigh a lot less the way that I eat, but I quickly get that out of my head, and remind myself I’m healthy and that’s what truly matters.


2nd place — Angela

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Her story:

What first prompted you to start adopting a healthier lifestyle?

I wanted to start a healthy lifestyle because my father passed away from a heart attack when I was a little girl. I knew I did not want to end up in his footsteps, so I vowed to live a healthy lifestyle. I know my Dad would be very proud of me and is with me every step of this journey.

Tell us a little more about the food prep technique you shared for the contest. How can we incorporate the same technique into our schedules?

I take a variety of fresh fruit and I put them into sandwich bags as snacks or even a light meal. You can choose your own fruit and cut it, or you can buy the fruit pre-cut. I like to make it colorful by adding a mix of different colored fruits in there. For example bananas, strawberries, kiwis, oranges, red grapes, pineapples and apple slices are all a great and tasty variety. They are great to add to a skewer for fruit kabobs, to add to a lunch box and to eat as travel snacks.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with others who are on the journey to better health?

My advice is to know that even small steps end up making a big difference.


3rd place — Dora

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Her story:

What first prompted you to start adopting a healthier lifestyle?

Like many of us, as I started to hit my 30’s my family’s health history became a hot topic as I watched my mother suffer from diabetes.

Tell us a little more about the dish you posted for the contest. What’s your favorite thing about it? How has it helped support your nutritarian approach to wellness?

This plate was my blank canvas and my goal was to paint a rainbow of nutrients. Now that I know the veggies’ backgrounds and how they help me help my body heal, it’s a no brainer!

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with others who are on the journey to better health?

My best advice is consistency. 😀 Be consistent with your plan to heal your body.


Thanks again to our three winners!

How about you? Do you have a favorite technique or tip that makes it easier for you to eat healthy?

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About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She has been a member of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce since August 2017 and is a former member of Toastmasters International, from which she was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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