• Neil Bever, D.C.

Adapting to a Plant-Based Diet with INGUARD CEO Parker Beauchamp

We're still not sure what long term effects to expect from COVID-19. Meat processing plants were hit hard by the virus which could lead to price inflation and even shortages. This means you might be forced to make some changes to your diet. Luckily, INGUARD has been a leading voice in Wabash about the benefits of a plant-based diet and providing the resources to make that shift for years. I reached out to INGUARD's CEO Parker Beauchamp for some tips about how to make these changes and what benefits you could expect from focusing on plants over meat.

What are some meatless sources of protein that you would suggest for someone who is used to eating meat at every meal?

An easy way to transition from meat at every meal is to begin by crowding out your plate. Let your sides take over and be your primary source of protein. Before you know it, the meat will disappear and it won't be such a big deal. Worry less about your protein quantity and more about your source. Lentils offer protein + fiber! In a half cup of lentils, you're consuming 9 grams of protein with 7.9 grams of dietary fiber! Frankly, many people overthink and overemphasize protein. The average female should only consume around 46 grams of protein a day, and a male only 56 grams. This can easily be achieved with a few of these options! Almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, rice, quinoa, wheat, chickpeas, black beans, cannellini beans, lentils, spinach, broccoli, artichokes, asparagus, edamame, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, avocado, blackberries, apricots, bananas, etc! 

Start with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in your morning smoothie and you'll knock out over 9 grams of protein. Add in a cup of spinach and two tablespoons of a nut butter and you'll total about 26 grams. Use a soy milk base and you're at 34 grams.... just in your morning smoothie! Now that will set the tone for a productive day.

What are the health benefits of going meatless? 

There are many reasons to choose a plant-based lifestyle! Your health, our environment, and even your cost savings. Other health benefits to consider would be reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other major illnesses. The added bonuses would be your smaller waistline and boosted energy levels. AND reducing your risk of getting sick! It's never been more important to consume foods that will build your immune system. 

Any suggestions for quick meatless “on the go” options for protein?

If you choose plants, you get the added bonus of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients! The most convenient and healthiest option in Wabash would be our store. It's affordable — only $4 — organic, and there is always a plant-based option! ​Another good question to ask yourself is, what else am I getting with my protein? Whole plant foods contain all the essential nutrients (with the exception of B12), but we can help you with a B12 supplement too!

What meatless products does INGUARD offer? 

We carry a wide variety of nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables, soy products and fruit! We also have a few of the BEST meat and cheese substitutes. Have you tried the No Evil Foods Chorizo, Beyond Meat Burgers, Miyoko's cheese, Hope French Onion Dip, Nancy's Oatmilk Yogurt, Kite Hill Ricotta, Malk Almond Milk, or Siete queso (cashews)? Just to name a few of my favorites!