There’s always a running joke about vegans constantly reminding everyone they’re vegan, and people know veganism is a plant-based diet, but why has it been hyped up as much? Following a plant-based diet means removing any and all animal products from your daily diet. Some people extend it through their lifestyles, removing all animal products from their lives – including leather. But focusing on the diet for now, another reason is that it reduces your carbon footprint, as livestock produces between 20% and 50% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, to produce only 1kg of meat it takes between 5 000 and 20 000 litres of water.
Due to the amount of vegetables and fruit vegans consume, they do indeed have lower risks of developing diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Since your fibre intake increases with plant-based meals, you are improving not only your heart, but also your gut, blood sugar and trimming your waistline – yes, it has shown that being more plant based can indeed aid weight loss.
Being Vegan on a Budget
The main reason people will say that plant-based is expensive, is due to the price of meat and other vegan alternatives found in stores, but in all honesty, if you simply stick to the basic ingredients to create your dishes it will suit your pocket while filling your belly. Unfortunately milk alternatives also aren’t that budget friendly, but is something you’ll either have to buy or learn to live without. When looking at the four main shopping groups for plant based, focus on whole grains, fruit, vegetables and legumes, nuts and seeds. above these basic ingredients if your budget allows, splurge on the vegan cheese and tofurkey or nuggets for the craving days.
Some budget friendlier ingredients are:.
For grains, focus on things such as brown rice, oats, barley, whole grain pasta & bread and also whole grain or corn tortillas. Quinoa can also be added to this list, but it is more expensive than pasta and rice, but it is gluten free. In terms of legumes, nuts and seeds, your main focus will fall on beans and lentils, chickpeas, split peas, tempeh, tofu, tahini paste, peanut butter, almonds, walnuts and cashews as well as flaxseed and almond milk. Coming down to fruits and veggies, buying produce in season also helps to cut back on prices. When buying frozen veggies and fruits, you can even save more money, also they’re perfect for smoothies and frozen fruit are a sweet frosty treat for a hot day.
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