Beans: “I can’t speak highly enough about beans,” she says. “With 24.5 grams of plant based protein and a whopping 31.5 grams of fiber per can of black beans, they are one of the cheapest forms of health promoting nutrients, coming in at $1 for an organic can at Whole Foods.”
Hearts of palm: Hearts of palm can be used similarly to artichoke hearts, according to Dr. Means. I also love these for my crabless crab cakes, which are a major dinner party hit,” she says. “I make them completely plant based by using vegan mayo, and make them grain free by using almond flour instead of gluten-free bread crumbs.”
Tomatoes: Dr. Means is into this one too, often buying tomato paste to use in vegetable stir-fries to add a bit of tang. “It’s packed with tons of lycopene, a potent antioxidant,” she says.