Fundamentals of Plant-Based Nutrition

A comprehensive and practical overview of Plant-Based Nutrition

  • Externally Quality Assured
  • CPD & General Interest
  • Study time: 60+ hours
  • Supported Study
  • Self-Paced
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CPD Recognition

This course is recognised for 30 CPD hours with the the UK & International Health Coaching Association (UKIHCA)

Course Overview

The aims of this course are to: Introduce learners to different types of plant-based diets Explore the potential health benefits of plant-based eating Assess potential nutrient imbalances associated with plant-based eating and explore strategies for avoiding these Identify plant-based foods with specific health promoting properties Aid learners in finding and utilising available resources to help them, or others, transition onto a nutrient dense, whole food plant-based diet

Course Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
  • Identify the classifications of different plant-based diets
  • Discuss current trends in plant-based eating and key reasons for this
  • Discuss how plant-based diets support key systems of the body (with a focus on the microbiome, cardiovascular system, blood sugar balancing mechanisms, overweight and obesity)
  • Evaluate key sources and bioavailability of important macro- and micro-nutrients on a plant-based diet, including protein, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin D
  • Compare different plant-based dietary recommendations, including food pyramids and food plates
  • Outline the health promoting properties of specific plant foods, including nuts, seeds, pulses, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms
  • Describe how food preparation techniques may enhance the nutrient value of plant-based foods, including sprouting and fermenting
  • Identify key resources and techniques to help an individual transition onto a plant-based diet

Practical knowledge

How to become more plant-based, with practical support on meal planning, cooking, shopping and eating out via the closed Facebook Group Page


The potential health benefits of a plant-based diet and the individual and powerful health benefits of a variety of plant foods


How to optimise nutrient intake within a plant-based diet and how to optimise your diet, including fermenting, sprouting & eating a rainbow

Course Lessons

This course has been endorsed as a Crossfields Institute Quality Mark Programme

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an e-certificate of achievement from Crossfields Institute and the Institute of Health Sciences (downloadable from the course). You will also receive a unit transcript, listing the details of the content that you have completed.

Crossfields Institute is a specialist national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual. It has an international reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational and academic qualifications across a number of sectors.
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Meet the instructor

Juanita Griffin

Juanita started her plant-based journey whilst studying Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching at IHS. She has since developed a successful plant-based business  "Little Spoons of Happiness" where she inspires individuals wishing to adopt a more plant-based diet, by taking away the overwhelm and replacing it with mouth-watering, nutritionally balanced plant-based recipes for the whole family. Juanita will be bringing that energy and passion for all things plant-based to this course and inspiring you (and your clients) to eat more plants the healthy way!!
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Great course for learning about the benefits of a whole food plant based approach to nutrition. Easy ways of incorporating more whole plant foods are outlined throughout the course with plenty of videos for guidance too. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is curious about focusing more on whole plant foods as there is a lot to be learnt from the 5 units in the course!
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