I’ve been thinking this might be a good time to try a more plant-based diet. Dear Reader: You’re far from alone when it comes to putting on a few pounds during the past year of the pandemic. There’s a lot of research about the health benefits of a plant-forward diet, which is rich in vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and fiber. We think that a more plant-based diet is a great idea for your family’s health. You don’t have to give up meat, but if you start thinking of it as a condiment, then you’ll automatically cut back on how much you’re eating.