(Last Updated On: March 9, 2022)

There’s a big increase in people reducing or eliminating their consumption of animal products. This is awesome, but there are many terms used to describe a person’s approach to this way of eating. Plant-Based, Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB), Raw, Vegan. It’s good to understand these terms and decide where you stand and find meals and recipes to suit you. This post is dedicated to answering the common question, What Does Whole Food Plant Based Mean?

What does Whole Food Plant Based Mean?

WFBP, also known as just ‘plant-based’, is pretty simple when you break it down. It means eating foods that:

  •  are in their whole form, and minimally processed. Meaning, they haven’t’ been broken down chemically and/ or mechanically.  Think potatoes, not potato chips. Olives, not olive oil. Homemade lentil balls, not processed or fake meats and cheeses.
  • come from plants, not from animals or animal by-products such as meat or dairy. Food that doesn’t contain chemicals and additives that are not from plants. Think vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes.

Put this together, and you have:

  • Foods that don’t contain animal products
  • Foods in their most natural form, minimally processed and made of whole fruits, veggies, grains and legumes

Some people also eat foods in their fully raw, completely unprocessed and uncooked form. This is called Raw Eating.

Examples of WFPB:


  • Smoothie: Blended almond milk, frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, peanut butter, flaxseeds
  • Overnight Oat Bowl: Oats soaked in almond milk, cinnamon and agave overnight in a jar.  Add berries, nut butter, chia seeds or other toppings before eating the next day


  • Veggie Bowl: Steamed kale, brown rice, baked or skillet fried tofu, cauliflower, chickpeas, avocado, potatoes, cashew based ‘ranch’ dressing
  • Sandwich: Minimally processed whole grain bread with cashew cheese spread, avocado, tempeh or baked tofu, tomato and lettuce


  • Curry: homemade veggie curry with brown rice
  • Falafal Veggie Pasta: homemade falafel balls over zucchini noodles, additional veggies, homemade tomato sauce


  • Handful of almonds
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Veggies with homemade hummus

Whole Food Plant Based vs Vegan

Whole Food Plant Based

  • People who eat whole food plant-based often have health at the first reason and basis for their food choices. There are a ton of resources on the healthy benefits of eating plan-based.
  • They may or may not also live a vegan lifestyle (see below), and may or may not care about impacts to the environment.

Vegan Lifestyle

  • Being Vegan truly is a lifestyle. It is about a compassionate way of living and treating other species. Living a vegan lifestyle is means you avoid consuming products made from animals, be it eating them, wearing them, drinking them, etc.
  • You can live a vegan lifestyle, but not necessarily eat whole food plant-based. Someone who is vegan may not care as much about their health. However, some people who live a vegan lifestyle, do eat whole and plant based foods.
  • The biggest thing to understand is that being vegan is larger than just food choices.

Let us know if you have any questions we can help with to make this clearer. Do a search for whole foods plant based, plant based or WFPB and you should find a wealth of additional resources available.