Plant-Based Wellness 101

The benefits of following a plant-based diet can include increased productivity, improvements in anxiety, fatigue and general health (American Journal of Health Promotion, March/April 2015).

In addition to the benefits outlined by the AJHP, incorporating plant-based products into other areas of our life, including beauty products and supplements, can be helpful too. We’ve included a few of our favorite plant-based products found throughout the co-op:


Grocery & Wellness – Plant-based proteins

Why we love it: Proteins derived from plants (ex: pea protein) are an excellent source of protein for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. They are hypoallergenic, easily digestible and contain essential amino acids to keep you full longer between meals.

Try this: Vega Protein powder – mix with water, juice or blend into your favorite smoothie.


Produce – Lettuce wraps, micro-greens and hydroponics

Why we love them: Following a diet rich in natural greens can reduce your risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (WebMD).

Try this: Our produce department carries several varieties of local, fresh greens. Try Future Farms lettuce for wraps, dig into micro-greens from Morning Sun Farms and check out the latest hydroponics from Localize, LLC. 


Deli – Wheat grass

Why we love it: In addition to its high content of vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and protein, wheat grass also contains powerful detoxifying ingredients and enzymes.

Try this: Look for ready-to-juice wheatgrass cups in our Produce department or try single or double shots at our Deli counters in Minnetonka and Chanhassen.


Wellness – Aloe Vera Gel (+ Avocado from Produce)

Why we love it: Aloe Vera can help alleviate windburn and reduce redness from acne and other skin ailments. Avocado contains natural oils that work to hydrate the skin (essential during dry winter months).

Try this: DIY Avocado and Aloe Vera Face Mask


  • 1 avocado (chilled)
  • 1 tbsp. aloe vera gel
  • OPTIONAL: ¼ cup Epsom salts to exfoliate


  • Blend aloe vera and avocado together
  • Mix in exfoliating ingredients
  • Store in refrigerator (fresh for 1 week)

Read more information and tips from the co-op about healthy living.