Were the world ours for a day, we’d institute a flurry of changes — both major and minute — to try and make sure that our planet (and all the creatures on it) were nourished, sustained, and cared for. In other words, one of our first orders of business would be divinely creating an abundance of plant-based resources, and inserting them in choice areas across the globe.

Food deserts would suddenly have access to fresh, affordable produce; dairy-free alternatives would be available in the cheese and milk aisle as far as the eye could see; people would have access to all the ingredients they desire and would want to cook meals that nourished both their souls and their bodies.

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It seems our dreams are a step closer to becoming reality because new research by 1010 Data suggests that 2018 is going to be the biggest year for plant-based eating yet. Not only are consumers more conscious than ever about what they’re putting in their bodies — and demanding transparency from food and beverage companies, which is great! — but they’re collectively savvier about how their food choices impact the environment.

Per Collective Revolution, searches for the word “plant-based” tripled from 2016 to 2017 during March — July, and consumers have taken to the internet to buy 2.7 times more plant-based products online than they did in January 2016. 1010 Data hypothesizes that some of the March-time growth can be attributed to the release of the popular 2017 documentary, What the Health.

Thinking About Going Vegan?

Congrats! Not only is plant-based eating a sustainable choice, it’s also the delicious future of food. We want to make sure that you have all the resources available to make your transition to a plant-based lifestyle as seamless, exciting, and delicious as possible.

If you’re holding back on trying more plant-based foods because you’re afraid to give up the flavors you grew up loving, there’s really no need to fear. Plant-based eating isn’t about sacrifice, it’s about abundance and creativity. Here are 5 Tips to Make Meatless Food Taste Meaty. In fact, the humble vegetable can even transform into satisfying stars on the plate with the right know-how. Here are 10 Vegetables That Can Substitute for Meat. If you’re still dealing with cravings, see Missing Meat: How to Battle Those Cravings in a Meat-Free Way and A Guide to Understanding Food Cravings.

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Remember: seasoning your food properly is the shortcut to unlocking a world of flavor in your cooking. Read up on How to Stock Up Your Spice Cabinet for Delicious Vegan Cooking, check out these 10 Awesome BBQ Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, and then familiarize yourself with a new cooking technique by Learning How to Braise Your Food for Maximum Flavor.

If you’re worried about protein, this Simple Guide to Meeting Your Protein Needs When You Give Up Meat is also a helpful tool.

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There you go! You’re all set for success. For more recipes, make sure you download our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source:  Roman Diachkin/Shutterstock

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