Firstly you need to familiarise yourself with all kinds of ingredients that you’e going to use like tofo and tempeh, there are so many recipes out there if you just look!
If you’re 100% certain about becoming vegan then it is important that your kitchen changes too, so make sure that you have your cupboard and fridge filled with vegan food so that if it is late at night and you’re hungry you can fulfil those temptations, and stick to your vegan lifestyle. Things like fruit or even granola is a brilliant snack that you can eat at any time of the day!
If you think you can completely stick to being vegan overnight, then go for it, but sometimes, it is better to give it a few weeks, start of with a vegan breakfast, then vegan lunch and then vegan dinner, so you can get used to it and you’re sure this is 100% what you want!
Is veganism expensive?
No not at all, there are lot of myths that surround being vegan and vegans tend to eat beans, rice pasts fruits and veg and these can be picked up at the supermarket quite cheaply, even growing your own veg is a possibility!
What can I do about my family who don’t really understand vegan?
There is so much you can do to help your family understand, remember it is okay for your family to have reservations, but here are some tips,
- Sometimes they have reservations because of what they have heard, remember the myths?
- Sometimes it can be the fact that there are traditional family meals, and it is something that people are used to and change can be really difficult.
Doing your research is so important, you need to make sure that you learn as much as you possibly can and make sure you get enough of the right nutrients into your food.
For your families traditional food, it will obviously take time for families to get used to it, and maybe what might be a good option is to try making the traditional meals that your family would vegan, because they might realise, this is actually something really good and want in on it!
So what are some of the alternatives?
- Almond Milk
- Soy Milk
- Rice Milk
- Hazelnut Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Pure (Vegan Butter)
- Suma (Vegan Butter)
- Scheeze (Vegan Cheese)
- Cheezly (Vegan Cheese)
- Tesco free from Cheddar Style Spread (Cream Cheese)
- Silken Tofu (baking substitute)
- Crushed bananas
- Redwood foods (they do sausages, cheese, meat style chucks, fishcakes, deli slices)
- Fry’s RealEat (sausages, frozen mince)
What can you do to make veganism cheaper?
- Buy staples in bulk, I do that, you can go to a wholesaler and get everything there, it will save you a lot of money. For example grains and beans can be bought on budget.
- Go to farmers markets because you can save so much money than going to a supermarket, and if you get them from the market, they tend to last longer.
- Buy fruits and vegetables frozen, they come in large bags, freeze them and then use them as and when you need it. You will save yourself so much money its amazing.
- Grow your own fruits and vegetables, it might take a lot of work, but they are 100% worth it.
- Cook in bulk, when you’re working really hard it can be tough to make sure that you eat right, however, what might be an option is for you to cook all of the things like rice a week before, that way you’re able to make sure you eat right and you don’t have to rush around.
- Invest in things like food processors/blenders, slow cookers, the reason I say this it will make your life sop much easier, you will save a lot of time, and if you have food left over, you can freeze it for another day.
- Plan your meals will make your life easier too, for example if you are having pasta and you need to chop up peppers, tomatoes, courgettes and everything else, prepare your veggies by chopping up everything you need, keep it in the fridge (put a cover over the top to lock in the freshness)
- Check the reduced sections, because when supermarkets do reduce their stock it’s to do with the the best before date, but in reality the produce lasts a lot longer. I got reduced courgettes and spinach for 30p all together, and they last me 2 weeks without going off. Make sure you check the food before hand, if there is only a little amount taken off the price, and it’s still a little out of your price range, I would suggest avoiding it and investing your money elsewhere.
- Check out value products, just because they’re cheaper, it can be the same product that you would pay double, if not triple for, give it a chance, if you don’t like it then look elsewhere, it doesn’t matter and if you do like it, you can save yourself a lot of money!
- Expand where you shop for your food, the reason I say this is because some of the specialist stores for example if you are wanting noodles, or other ingredients going to a store that stocks lots of Chinese products can save you more money.
- Make a list of what you need, check all of your cupboards, freezer and fridge, because there is nothing worse than having doubles where you could have saved money. Check everything, take a look at what you are going to eat this week and stick to what you’ve written down.
- Look up recipes online, there are so many amazing sites online where you can find simple and fabulous recipes on a budget!