Going vegan is a big lifestyle change to make. Some do it because of their love for animals, while others might do it purely based on the proposed benefits of following a purely plant-based diet. Whatever you reason might be, it’s perhaps a good idea to ‘dip your toes into the water’ before you take a dive into the ocean of veganism. Read on to see how you can first get acquainted with this diet before you commit.
If you want to try out a plant-based diet for a week, we have just the right tips to get you started! Instead of making major changes, small swaps will help you to cross over from eating animal products to going fully plant-based. You might be so impressed with the results, that you’ll make it a way of life! On the flip side, if you find out it is not for you, then you have not lost much.
Gone are the days where vegans only have one of two alternative milk choices. These days, you can buy a variety of nut milks (almond, cashew, hazelnut), coconut milk, rice milk, and even hemp milk! With so many options, you’re likely to find one you like. If you’re used to cow’s milk, try cashew milk; the high fat content will lend a similar mouthfeel, and won’t be as ‘thin’ as soy milk.
With a few key ingredients and a lot of creativity you can create veggie burgers that are even better than beef. It’s best to avoid the veggie patties you find instore, since they are often highly processed, and somewhat devoid of nutrition. The best ones will be the ones you make at home. Choose meaty ingredients like black beans and mushrooms, and use flax seeds as a substitute binder for eggs.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll probably miss ice cream should you decide to go vegan. But there is actually a healthy (and delicious substitute) for your average ice cream. Simply freeze bananas, and process them together with dates (about two should be sweet enough), cacao nibs and some nuts. Who new healthy could taste so great?
Having avocados in your kitchen will make your plant-based transition much easier. Because avocados are high in fats (the healthy kind), they’re a great substitute for other fat-based foods like salad dressings or mayonnaise. Process one avocado, ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup water, ¼ cup fresh herbs (parsley or cilantro), and a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper. You won’t want to buy salad dressings from a store again!
Sometimes all you need to take a dish to the next level, is a splash of cream. Luckily, there is still a great substitute if you’re vegan, namely coconut cream. Not only does it taste great in pasta, but you can also whip it for desserts.
Will you be able to go plant-based for a day?