You switched to a plant-based diet and you constantly feel hungry

Hunger © Olichel

Hunger © Olichel

One question to ask is are you eating a proper plant-based diet and consuming enough calories. You see, most vegetables are low in calories. We could eat all the vegetables in the photo below and that would get us only about 300 calories.

Calories © IgorTishenko

Calories © IgorTishenko

Most of us couldn’t even eat all those foods in one day and even if we somehow did, it would give us very little energy. So it’s very important to know where to get our energy from when on a plant-based diet.

Some fruits have more calories and some don’t. But there is one group of food that is packed with calories and this food group should form the foundation of a plant-based diet. Starchy vegetables. Starchy vegetables are whole grains such as oats, rice, buckwheat, spelt, quinoa, and rye, legumes such as beans, green peas, string beans, lentils, and chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and corn. These foods are packed with energy, containing on average about 1000 calories per kilogram.

Starchy vegetables © robynmac

Starchy vegetables © robynmac

Reaching 2000 calories per day seems impossible, but when you know about starchy vegetables and use them as a base for meals, it’s a smooth dance. Oats, brown or black rice, buckwheat, quinoa, beans, green peas, lentils, chick peas, sweet potatoes, corn. Every day.

These foods are packed with fiber-bound carbohydrates, our body’s main fuel source. And rest assured that these carbohydrates are different from the artificial, refined carbohydrates which have little or no fiber such as white rice, white bread, white pasta, fresh squeezed juice, sweets, chocolate, chips, and carbonated drinks.

The starchy vegetables will not only allow you to easily reach 2000 calories a day, but also fill you up and should make that feeling of chronic hunger history.

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